The Fractured Right to Counsel

If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.

Fifty years after a landmark Supreme Court decision established that children have a right to a lawyer in juvenile court, this is a “right” in name only, argue two Justice Department attorneys. Too often children waive their right to a lawyer because none is readily available, because to wait means additional court dates, and “sometimes just because they wanted to go home.”

The Washington Post

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