Prof. Dow, Founder, Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project
JCAP’s mission is to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency and improve the long-term educational success rates and life outcomes for socially and economically disadvantaged juveniles.
In a 2012 TEDx talk that has been viewed more than 1.4 million times, Professor Dow observed that more than 80 percent of the inmates on death row had contact with the juvenile justice system years before. Dow therefore proposed early intervention in the lives of at-risk juveniles as part of a strategy to improve the lives of socially and economically disadvantaged youth and thereby decrease adult crime. JCAP is being developed to help implement that strategy.
JCAP provides law students a valuable opportunity to engage with the community through its mentoring program.
In the future, JCAP will provide law students the opportunity to assist attorneys in providing a variety of essential legal services to juveniles involved with the justice system, including:
sealing and expunging records of juveniles and young adults who qualify to have their juvenile records sealed; providing assistance to juveniles and young adults in securing driver’s licenses; creating or modifying child support orders; helping parents in obtaining and retaining custody of their children; helping victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders; and other ancillary legal services.
Mentoring Program Requirements, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015