Legal Landscape of Juvenile Plea Bargains

Collaborator: Emily Haney-Caron

In collaboration with the Youth Law Lab, we take a national look at state statutes and court rules pertaining to juvenile plea bargaining.

Parent Legal Socialization Project

Collaborator: Alan Meca

This project explores how parents communicate with their adolescent children about the legal system, interacting with police, attorneys, and the youth and family's rights.

Judicial Involvement in Plea Negotiations

Collaborators: Kelsey Henderson, Allison Redlich, and Jason Cantone

The judicial involvement project explores judicial experiences and perspectives of judicial involvement in plea bargain negotiations and colloquies.

Mapping Justice

Collaborator: Dillon Mahmoudi

The mapping justice project is an interdisciplinary project exploring the geographic mismatch between probation locations and where youth reside. We hope to explore how probation compliance is impacted by spatial inequity in Baltimore.

Juvenile Plea Bargain Project

Collaborators: Jennifer Woolard, Alyssa Mikytuck

The juvenile plea bargain project uses mixed methods to explore decision-making capacities and legal knowledge related to plea bargain decision making amongst justice-involved youth and their families.

Attorney Practices in Juvenile Court

Collaborator: Jennifer L. Woolard

This qualitative research project explores attorney practices in plea bargaining through interviews with juvenile defense attorneys.

Recent Publications

Fountain, E.N. & Woolard, J. (2021). Negotiating with parents: Attorney practices in the juvenile plea bargain process. Law and Human Behavior, 45(2), 112–123.

Haney-Caron, E. & Fountain, E.N. (2021). Young, Black, and wrongfully charged: A cumulative disadvantage framework. Dickinson Law Review, 125(3), 653-726.

Fountain, E.N., Mikytuck, A., & Woolard, J. (2021). Treating Emerging Adults Differently: How Developmental Science Informs Perceptions of Justice Policy. Translational Issues in Psychological Science. [early online]

Fountain, E.N. & Mahmoudi, D. (2020). Mapping Juvenile Justice: Identifying Existing Structural Barriers to Accessing Probation Services. American Journal of Community Psychology. [early online]

Fine, A., Fountain, E.N., & Vidal, S. (2019). Juveniles’ expectations and experiences on probation predict technical violations and delinquency. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 25, 116-125.

Grisso, T., Fountain, E.N., NeMoyer, A., & Thornton, L.C. (2019). The role of translational psychological science in juvenile justice reform. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 5, 113-120.

Fountain, E.N. & Woolard, J.L. (2018). How defense attorneys consult with juvenile clients about plea bargains. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law, 24, 192-203.

Fountain, E.N. & Woolard, J.L. (2017). The capacity for effective relationships among attorneys, juvenile clients, and parents. Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, 14, 493-519.

Please see Dr. Fountain's Google scholar page or ResearchGate page for her published works.