Raising the Age: Is Texas Going “Soft on Crime?”

In the past decade, the Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty and mandatory life without parole for crimes committed while under the age of eighteen amount to cruel and unusual and are therefore unconstitutional.[1] [2] The Court, or at least a majority of it, appears to believe eighteen is the appropriate age to […]

A picture says a thousand words…for kids

NPR published a very interesting article about how children’s drawings are good indicators of family dysfunction.   It’s definitely worth a read for people who work with children.  I, for sure, will use this method the next time I talk to young children. Here’s the article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/12/08/368693069/kids-drawings-speak-volumes-about-home?utm_campaign=storyshare&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social   Follow

Double Jeopardy or Dismissal?

In Texas, a child is no longer a child when she turns 17.  When the clock strikes midnight, the protections afforded to juveniles vanish and the child becomes an “adult,” subjected to the processes and jurisdiction of the adult criminal court.  Rehabilitation and treatment is no longer in the minds of the court; 17-year-olds are now […]

Holding it down in Rikers Island, NY

In a juvenile facility in Rikers Island, New York, juvenile detainees are routinely subject to violence and told to “hold it down,” which means to keep it quiet and not report the violence or injuries to other prison guards or the infirmary.  Furthermore, most of the staff and officers are not trained in how to […]

Stuck between a rock and a hard place: Juvenile Waivers

Seven high school football players in New Jersey have been charged with committing violent sexual hazing, including aggravated sexual assault. The boys await their first hearing this week, and if prosecutors are successful in requesting waivers, some or all of the boys might be tried as adults in criminal court. Whether a case is moved into the […]

Day 2 of the 13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

It’s the second day of the 13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference here at the University of Houston Law Center! Mr. Larry McClaugherty, a pharmacist and owner at McClaugherty Consulting Services opened the conference with a discussion on psychotropic medications and children.  Next, Professors Jill Campbell and Susham Modi, clinical supervising attorneys for the Immigration Clinic […]

13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

This morning marked the start of the 13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference presented by the Center for Children, Law and Policy at the University of Houston Law Center and the Southwest Regional Juvenile Defender Center.  Nearly 100 attorneys from all across the country involved with and interested in juvenile justice have come to participate in […]

America’s Declining Literacy Rates and the Curse of Technology

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but my daughter figured out how to use an iPad before she learned how to properly grip a pencil.  She preferred “flipping” the colorfully animated “pages” by swiping the screen rather than turning stiff cardboard or the tear-prone, fragile pages of a picture book.  Sadly, I’m mostly to blame: one […]

News update: Juveniles broke out of a Nashville detention center

According to an article in The Tennessean, several juveniles being held in the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee escaped from their bedrooms in the middle of the night on May 7, 2014. The children made it to the outdoor courtyard on the detention center’s campus, but they were caught before they actually […]