By: Joy Radice. Published by: Georgetown Law Journal. Published on March 18, 2018.
Through an analysis of state policies, Joy Radice presents consequences of reinforcing stigmas to and of former juvenile offenders. Randice writes, “The proliferation of adult criminal records and their harmful impact on people with convictions has received growing attention from scholars, the media, and legislators from both sides of the political aisle. Much less attention has been given to the far-reaching impact of juvenile delinquency records, partly because many people believe that juvenile records are not public, especially after a juvenile turns eighteen. That common notion is a myth” (p. 365).
- Addresses the lack of complete restriction to public access; such as making delinquency records available online;
- Emphasizes importance of nondisclosure provisions and first comprehensive analysis; and
- Notes the obligation of states to rehabilitate based on findings concerning juvenile brain development and recidivism.