Chaining Kids to the Ever Turning Wheel: Other Contemporary Costs of Juvenile Court Involvement

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Candace Johnson

Washington University in Saint Louis, School of Law, Students

Mae C. Quinn

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

In this essay, Candace Johnson and Mae Quinn respond to Tamar Birckhead's important article The New Peonage, based, in part, on their work and experience representing youth in St. Louis, Missouri. They concur with Professor Birckhead's conclusions about the unfortunate state of affairs in 21st century America - that we use fines, fees, and other prosecution practices to continue to unjustly punish poverty and oppressively regulate racial minorities. Such contemporary processes are far too reminiscent of historic convict leasing and Jim Crow era efforts intended to perpetuate second-class citizenship for persons of color. Johnson and Quinn add to Professor Birckhead's critique by further focusing on the plight of children of color and surfacing nonfinancial sanctions in our juvenile courts that similarly marginalize minority youth. They argue these practices - including shackling, intentional and unintentional shaming, and educational deprivation - also work to reproduce a secondary caste in communities across the country.

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Candace and Quinn, Mae C., Chaining Kids to the Ever Turning Wheel: Other Contemporary Costs of Juvenile Court Involvement (2016). 73 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 159 ; University of Florida Levin College of Law Research Paper . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3225391

Candace Johnson

Washington University in Saint Louis, School of Law, Students

St. Louis, MO
United States

Mae C. Quinn (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

PO Box 357069
Gainesville, FL 32635
United States

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