Access to Counsel for GCL Revocation
Since 2011, in coordination with the Department of Youth Services (DYS), the Youth Advocacy Division has offered counsel statewide to all youth that are committed to the Department and returned to custody for revocation of their Grants of Conditional Liberty. These youth—facing a proceeding essentially similar to parole revocation—are entitled by law to due process and fundamental fairness.
The Revocation Process
After youth are committed by the court to DYS and serve their initial time in custody, they are then released into the community under an agreement similar to parole which is called the Grant of Conditional Liberty, or GCL. The GCL includes conditions such as obeying all laws, attending school regularly, and staying in contact with the DYS caseworker. When a caseworker believes that a youth is not following the conditions of the GCL, he or she may decide to return the youth to secure custody to face an administrative revocation hearing.
At the hearing, a hearing officer will consider all evidence in determining whether or not the youth violated the GCL, and, if so, decide upon the amount of time the youth will spend in a secure facility. Revocation dispositions can vary from one night to six months. The youth has the opportunity to contest the alleged violations and the amount of time that DYS is seeking to hold him or her. The youth also has the right to appeal.
The Revocation Advocacy Panel
The Revocation Advocacy Panel consists of trained, certified, and specialized private attorneys across the state who represent youth for their GCL Revocation hearings. Compensation for revocation cases is limited to attorneys certified as members of the Revocation Advocacy Panel.
Attorneys interested in applying for the panel should contact:
Melissa Ellis, Esq.
Revocation Advocacy Coordinator