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Policy Statement on Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles in Court

Published Dec 11, 2015, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

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The National Center of Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) strongly opposes the automatic or widespread shackling of youth appearing in court. The NCMHJJ holds that no youth should be shackled for a court appearance unless the court, following a formal hearing, has found that the specific child: (1) poses a credible and substantial risk to himself or others; and/or (2) poses a credible and substantial risk of attempted flight; and (3) there is no other less restrictive means reasonably available to manage risks of harm or flight.

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Uploaded Dec 11, 2015


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