“I talk to a lot of kids who couldn't tell me who their lawyer was in court, or they didn't have a very clear understanding of what happened in court or what the outcome was and what it means, and obviously, that's concerning, because we have to make sure that kids do understand the process and their right to counsel looks the same as what we would expect in an adult court system.”

Elissa's Story

Elissa Johnson is a senior staff attorney at the Mississippi Office of the Southern Poverty Law Center. In this interview, she gives an overview of what the juvenile justice system looks like in the state of Mississippi.

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