Unchain the Children: Policy Opportunities to End the Shackling of Youth in Court is a webinar presented on October 1, 2014 at 1pm EST to discuss practical, policy, and constitutional reasons to end indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile courts. Presenters include David Shapiro of the Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling and George Yeannakis of the Washington State Office of Public Defense and Team Child. The event is co-sponsored by the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.
To register, go here.
In Indiana, shackling policies vary from juvenile court to juvenile court. Some children are unshackled before appearing before the judge. In others, every detained child appears with handcuffs, belly chains or belts, and leg irons. As of September 2014, there is no statewide law, rule, or policy that gives guidance concerning the shackling of Indiana youth in the courtroom.
To be clear, the indiscriminate shackling discussion has no bearing on whether a detained child will be transported from the detention center to the courthouse in shackles — they will. The issue focuses solely on whether each child should be shackled in the courtroom.
For additional resources, see:
- Ending Universal Shackling of Children in Court
- This prior post: Chain, Chain, Chain…, including individual resources
- Prohibition of Indiscriminate Shackling in Colorado Juvenile Courts