California – Marin County Plans to Put Juvenile Suspects in a Glass Cage

Defense attorneys say kids will be “corralled” and “treated like Al Qaeda terrorists” By TREY BUNDY on July 13, 2011 – 8:46 p.m. PDT The Bay Citizen Defense attorneys are furious about a plan to require juvenile criminal suspects in Marin County to sit inside “glass cages” during court proceedings. The lawyers say the proposal is unnecessary and unconstitutional. The plan would include building a rectangular box — equipped with speakers and a microphone — inside the county’s only juvenile courtroom. The structure would be made out of tempered glass with a small opening through which court papers could be passed. “I have never heard of this being done in juvenile court,” said Sue Burrell, an attorney at the Youth Law Center in San Francisco. “The only place was once when there was some dreaded adult defendant in Los Angeles.” The plan would apply to all juvenile suspects who are incarcerated at the time of their court proceedings, regardless of the nature of their alleged offenses. [Full Story: http://www.baycitizen.org/courts/story/marin-plans-put-juvenile-suspects-glass/ ]

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California – Marin County Plans to Put Juvenile Suspects in a Glass Cage