STEVE WAS RECENTLY HIRED BY THE FAMILY OF A 17 YEAR OLD MALE WHO SUSTAINED INJURIES, INCLUDING A FRACTURED LEFT WRIST, WHILE ALLEGEDLY BEING RESTRAINED BY THREE (3) TEACHERS AT THE NEW VISIONS ACADEMY IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY, MARYLAND. WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AS THIS CASE PROGRESSES.

It’s hard enough to know that your child has been committed to a juvenile justice system. But what are you to do when you discover that they have been abused within that system? National statistics and media coverage have paid increasing attention to the problem of abuse within the juvenile justice system. As a 2004 article published in the U.S. News and World Report stated, “abuse of juvenile inmates by staff is routine,” an unfortunate reality for juvenile offenders who need attention and rehabilitation.

The types of abuse within the juvenile justice system are as varied as juvenile offenders. From neglect to physical abuse (hitting, kicking, near-torture, improper restraint) to verbal abuse (taunting, expletives, name-calling, public humiliation) to sexual molestation and rape to neglect, juvenile offender facility abuse has been called epidemic within this country. With more states than ever moving to try young offenders as adults, the movement towards rehabilitation that gained steam throughout much of the 20th century has been pushed aside in favor of slashed budgets and understaffed facilities.

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While not all children who are admitted into the juvenile justice system face abuse, many do – and experts estimate that juvenile offender facility abuse is gravely underreported. However, when victims do come forward, they can spur a complex legal process that can result in a warning for negligent and abusive juvenile justice facilities and proper compensation of their victims.

If your child reports juvenile offender facility abuse, it is vital that you immediately obtain legal representation. Look for a lawyer with a strong track record with juvenile offender facility abuse, including favorable verdicts and recovered money. Your juvenile justice lawyer should be ready and willing to conduct a thorough investigation into the alleged abuse and aggressively defend your child’s interests in court. Needless to say, an in-depth understanding of your state’s juvenile justice system is vital.

Attorney Steven H. Heisler’s entire legal practiced is focused on defending victims’ rights for those who have been injured. This includes the young victims of juvenile offender facility abuse and their families, who can recover compensation for injuries through civil and criminal actions. Contact Steven H. Heisler today for more information on whether your child’s abuse case may be actionable. Justice is just a phone call away.

Juvenile Facility Abuse Case Results

Case Type: Juvenile Facility Wrongful Death
Settlement: $1,200,000
Steve and co-counsel represented the family of a teenage boy who died when several school counselors at the Youth facility he attended forcibly restrained him in a prone position for several hours, causing him to suffocate. The case settled in mediation for 1.2 million dollars.