JCAP (Juvenile & Capital Advocacy Project)

David DowProf. 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

  • Mentors must be at least 18 years old.
  • Submit to a criminal background check.
  • Make a one year commitment (academic year from late August to early June.)
    • It’s not too late to mentor this year!
  • Prior to meeting their mentees, mentors must attend a half day training session or complete
    the training video (2 hours and 45 minutes).
  • All men will mentor boys. All women will mentor girls.
  • Mentors must meet once a week for thirty minutes with their mentees and adhere to JCAP's
    • Mentors may meet at lunch, Mon. - Fri. (girls: 11:44 - 12:14; boys: 12:38 – 1:08), or
    • Late afternoon, Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. (3 – 3:30 or 3:30 – 4)
  • Meetings will occur at the WALIPP School, 3129 Southmore Blvd.
  • Mentors must submit brief online reports via email promptly following each mentoring
  • Mentors must participate in a closing ceremony at the end of the school year. Date to be

For more information, contact Megan Charles (mmcharle@central.uh.edu; 713-743-1011) or visit http://www.jcaptexas.org.