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At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope This article speaks of the damage after the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed during Mexico’s recent earthquake. After the disaster, a massive rescue was undergone to find surviving students. Once the dust had settled 30 student bodies were found and over 60 students were injured. Read […]

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Wilmington’s teen violence statistics draw strong reaction A year-long investigative project by The News Journal about teen gun violence in Wilmington has provoked elected officials and community members to speak up. The three-day series, which ran in print and online over the weekend, revealed that children ages 12 to 17 are more likely to be shot in […]

“Raise the Age” Legislation Denied in Texas

High-profile legislation to raise the age for criminal responsibility in Texas from 17 to 18 was declared dead in the Senate in early May, as leaders rejected House overtures to pass the bill but delay its implementation until 2021. Senate leaders said the estimated $35 million cost to implement the change and concerns that putting […]

Leading with Conviction

Prison Reform Organization Initiative – Apply Now JustLeadershipUSA is an organization dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030. JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform and you can read more about their mission here. This organization uses advocacy campaigns, leadership training and member engagement to work towards this […]

New York Legislature moves New York ahead of Texas in protecting teens from child marriage. By: Lauae Wolfe

With New York Times taglines like “young teenagers, New York State is calling the wedding off,” New Yorkers are happy to announce law changes that protect children from young teen marriage. Previously allowing marriages of children as young as 14 with court and parent approval, now marriages of children between the ages of 14 and […]

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Ending Solitary for Juveniles: A Goal Grows Closer A nationwide shift toward abolishing solitary confinement for juveniles, which began to take shape in 2016 after former President Barack Obama banned the practice in federal prisons, has surged ahead in recent months, with a half-dozen states either prohibiting or strictly limiting its use in their youth […]

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Texas’s “Bathroom Bill” Still Very Much Alive In an effort to legalize discrimination against transgender Texans, the Texas Senate has voted once again to advance SB 3, also known as the “Bathroom Bill.” Make no mistake about it: the Republican Party of Texas, despite its rhetoric, prioritizes cheap political parlor tricks over doing what’s in the […]

Juvenile Defense is a Matter of Life & Death

This summer, I have had the extraordinary privilege of interning at the Texas Innocence Network. The Texas Innocence Network is committed to representing current inmates who have viable claims of actual innocence (TIN’s “non-capital” division), as well as inmates on death row who have already been sentenced to death (TIN’s “capital” division). Working in the […]

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Schools Rethink Lunch Policies That Humiliate Kids Recently, the United States Agriculture Department has confronted the problem of food shaming in schools where students lack the funds to pay for their lunches. The Agriculture Department has not removed the most jarring examples like hand stamping and swapping out hot food for cold foods, but it […]