Kids & the Law

Kids and the Law: A User’s Guide to the Juvenile Court
by Rebecca Pries, LMHC and Carol Rosensweig, Esq.

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“This book has been proven to be an indispensable resource for children and families involved with juvenile court and for those who serve them.”
Marylou Sudders, Former Secretary
Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The comprehensive 4th edition includes updates from the April 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act. Kids and the Law answers, in a simple question-and-answer format with bilingual (English/Spanish) facing pages, questions related to juvenile court involvement in Massachusetts.

Paperback copies of Kids and the Law are available at $10.00 per copy.

Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive free or discounted copies of Kids and the Law. If you are a non-profit organization, please email [email protected] to place your order. 

History of Kids and the Law

In 1996, ACS began publishing Kids and the Law: A User’s Guide to the Court System, a book co-authored by Rebecca Pries, co-chair of MAJCC, and attorney Carol Rosensweig. The most recent 4th edition was released in December 2018 and includes updates from the April 2018 Criminal Justice Reform Act. Kids and the Law serves as a valuable resource for adolescents, families, and other professionals. This bilingual guide to the court system is currently being used by:

  • Families of youth who are court-involved
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Probation departments
  • Lawyers representing youth who are court-involved
  • Hospitals
  • Libraries
  • A broad spectrum of professionals who work with children and families

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the C.F. Adams Foundation, Gary and Mary Pforzheimer, and the ACS Board of Directors. Thank you!