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Kathleen Houlihan
Legal Reference Materials for Juveniles?

As I was reading the old standards for Juvenile Corrections libraries (circa 1999), I noticed that they indicate the need for a legal reference collection. My library currently does not offer such a collection, and after asking the administrators, neither do they. 

So... what I'm wondering is....

A)  How many of you have a legal reference collection?

and...

B)  What specific publications do you offer in your legal reference collections?  

I'm not a law librarian, but I do know that many of the things I'd think of as legal reference would be unintelligible to our students. I think our state bar association may put out a pamphlet or two on family and juvenile law topics, but other than a legal dictionary, I'm at a loss as far as what materials should be on our shelves. 

Thanks all!

Kathleen Houlihan

Youth Program Librarian for Austin Public Library

Head Librarian for Second Chance Books Program at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center

Camden Tadhg
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None here in Colorado

We don't have any legal reference material in the Division of Youth Corrections libraries in Colorado.  We have a few general nonfiction books about teen legal rights, like What Are My Rights? by Thomas Jacobs, but those aren't really reference. 

Kathleen Houlihan
Yeah, we have those, too... I

Yeah, we have those, too... I wonder if I should post this at Prison-L? I bet they'd have some strong opinions/ideas about this, since many of their libraries are predominantly reference!

Megan Cusick
Legal Reference Materials for Juveniles

I have a legal reference collection, including our [Illinois] state statutes which are required, by law, to be available to the residents. (Although we are a school library, the County provided us with a hardcover set.) By far the most popular book with students is The Criminal Law Handbook (Nolo). It is very readable, well organized, and contains a chapter on juvenile courts. I have made the mistake of circulating these, and they are NEVER returned. Other books in the collection include information on teens' legal rights, an overview of criminal law, and a dictionary of legal terms.

Megan Cusick
Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School
(Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center)

Kathleen Houlihan
From Brad in Minnesota...

 

 

From: Wronski, Brad (DOC) [mailto:brad.wronski@state.mn.us]

I have a small selection of popular-interest and YA-oriented books, available for checkout, on law in general and particular legal issues.   Minnesota Correctional Facility policy requires us also to have and maintain a “core collection” (list attached) for legal reference.

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From: Houlihan, Kathleen [mailto:Kathleen.Houlihan@austintexas.gov]

This is SUPER helpful Brad… thank you!

Out of curiosity, you say you’re required to have this core collection… do the kids use it much?

Kathleen Houlihan

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Frankly, it barely gets touched . . . It’s pretty daunting stuff, even if you’ve got a few research skills under your belt!

 

Brad Wronski
Jeanie Austin
We have two books related to

We have two books related to youth's legal rights. I haven't been able to find much legal reference that is written specifically for youth, much less for youth in custody. The titles in our library are

The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, by Paul Bergman J.D. & Sara Berman, J.D.
Juvenile Court: A Judge's Guide for Young Adults and Their Parents, by Leora Krygier

We also have Teens Take It to Court: Young People Who Challenged the Law-and Changed Your Life, by Thomas A. Jacobs, but that doesn't quite pass muster as a legal guide.

-jeanie

Julie Tozer
We have some of the YA NF

We have some of the YA NF titles, too. Out of those, I also like Juvenile Court by Leora Krygier, even though it's pretty general and isn't brand new any more.
We also collect the newest editions of some key Nolo titles, like their Criminal Law Handbook, Legal Research: How To, and Encyclopedia of Everyday Law. They're paperback, general audience, and go out all the time (they're reference-y but we don't keep them on reference.)
No actual case law or statutes, at this point, though...
(PS, I'm in Ocean County NJ, small county JDC, 30 beds, co-ed, 2000 volume in-house library, staffed by public librarians.)

ajcheney
legal stuff

I'd love to see the attachment brad sent. - do not see how to access.

I think his comment is correct, that it barely gets touched, which is why I haven't had the heavy duty stuff. What works here is to provide books such as NOLO press criminal law, Nolo's encyclopedia of everyday law, idiot's guide to civil liberties (and other titles) and I think one of the best ones - wish it would be updated - is Judge Thomas Jacob's book "you decide" = the book that shows real situations, give the youth ways to look at issues and decide.

let's come up with a good book list. some will be challenging as differing laws in states. I am not sure if the NOLO press books work in different states???

a

Kathleen Houlihan
Resource list

Ah, I'm sorry, Amy.. I didn't attach it! Here's what was on it!

 

 

 

Research and Writing

 

Title/Edition

Author/Editor

Publisher

Most Recent Edition

Retention Guidelines

Black’s Law Dictionary

Garner, Bryan Editor

       West Group

9th edition 2010

Any edition

Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law

Elias, Stephen and Levinkind, Susan

Nolo Press

15th 2009

(16th edition to be released 9-1-2012)

Current edition only

Minnesota Legislative Manual 2011-2012

Minnesota Secretary of State

MN Secretary of State office

2011-2012

Current edition only

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Resources

 

Title/Edition

Author/Editor

Publisher

Most Recent Edition

Retention Guidelines

Minnesota Statutes

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Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota

2010

Ten years

Minnesota Rules

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Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota

2009

Current set only

Laws of Minnesota

(MN Session Laws)

------------

Revisor of Statutes, State of Minnesota

2011

At least two years,

five years if space available

Opinion Summaries:

MN Court of Appeals &

MN Supreme Court

------------

MN Court of Appeals & MN Supreme Court

Month/year of issue

Three months

Minnesota Rules of Court: State

 

------------

West Group

2011

Five years

Minnesota Rules of Court: Federal

------------

West Group

2011

Five years

DOC Policy Manual

------------

MN DOC

Varies by policy

Current version only - revised quarterly

Federal Civil Judicial Procedure and Rules

------------

West Group

2011

Five years

Federal Criminal Code and Rules

------------

West Group

2011

Five years

 

Finding Tools

 

Title/Edition

Author/Editor

Publisher

Most Recent Edition

Retention Guidelines

Minnesota Civil Practice, Fourth Edition -

Volumes 1- 4

------------

LexisNexis

2008

Current edition only

Minnesota Judges’ Criminal Benchbook

------------

MN State Bar Assoc. Continuing Legal Education

2011

Current edition only

Protecting Your Health and Safety: A Litigation Guide for Inmates

Toone, Robert E

Prison Legal News

2009

Current edition only

Prisoners’ Guide to Survival

Belanger, L. Powell

PSI Publishing Company

2001

Current edition only

 

Kathleen Houlihan
From Deb in Michigan

 

From: Evans, Deborah A [mailto:EvansD01@wsdmi.org]
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 1:39 PM
To: Houlihan, Kathleen; yalsa-lockdown@ala.org
Subject: RE: question about juvenile legal reference materials

 

I have a small (less than fifteen titles) legal collection in my library. Most of these are from Nolo.com and are paperbacks that describe criminal law, how to represent yourself in court, and family law. Students are usually interested in how the criminal court process operates, how adoption rules work, and how they can emancipate themselves if they are of age.

 

Deb

 

 

Deborah A. Evans, M.A.

Librarian, Children's Village School

1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Dept. 87W

Pontiac, Michigan  48341

Phone: 248-452-9791

Fax: 248-452-9792

evansd01@wsdmi.org

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