Category Archives: Abuse & Neglect

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Amended juvenile justice law hits snag, BusinessMirror In the Philippines, the bill amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 hit a snag at the bicameral conference committee on Monday when senators failed to reach an agreement with their House counterparts on lowering the age of discernment to 12 years old but only for heinous […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Parents With Disabilities And Family Law, NPR A report from the National Council on Disability finds that parents with physical or mental disabilities have a greater risk of losing custody of their children. The study says that the U.S. legal system needs to provide more support for these parents. (Click above for audio of story) […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law Blog

The Truth About Mental Health and Violence, Indy Star Rates of homicide and other violent deaths in the United States dramatically exceed those of any other industrialized, high-income nation. Diagnosable mental health conditions are not the cause of violence in the United States, but oftentimes the result of it. The trauma that results from violence […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Reporting on the Plight of Troubled Children, Chicago Tribune The newspaper learned the state’s main emergency youth shelter in Chicago’sBronzeville neighborhood was overcrowded . . . Police reports, state data, and more than two dozen interviews showed that a lack of available foster homes and other options for hard-to-place children meant some were staying there much longer […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline, Colorlines A bracing Department of Justice lawsuit filed last month against Meridian, Miss., . . . argues that the city’s juvenile justice system has operated a school to prison pipeline that shoves students out of school and into the criminal justice system, and violates young people’s due […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Timberlake: For a new judge, different outlook on juvenile court, Southtown Star, Illinois Fortunately, that lack of options has changed. The counties in my circuit were one of the four pilot areas for a new state program, Redeploy Illinois, in exchange for our promise to send 25 percent fewer young people to the prison system. […]

Parole For Offenders Convicted of Crimes Involving Harm to Children

An article in the Texas Tribune, New Parole Rules Sought in Cases Involving Children, shares the story and the plight of Laurie Thompson, a woman whose 4-year-old granddaughter was “beaten to death after being sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend.” The mother was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison; however, within two years […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Check out this short video Talking Justice: Talking Sense, by the Penal Reform Trust in the U.K.: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/TalkingJustice Juvenile Justice Reforms Should Incorporate Science of Adolescent Development, Medicalexpress.com Legal responses to juvenile offending should be grounded in scientific knowledge about adolescent development and tailored to an individual offender’s needs and social environment, says a new report […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Ban Solitary Confinement of Children, Tampa Bay Times We don’t let teens under 18 vote. We don’t let them buy cigarettes or beer. Yet we have no problem treating them like adults when they are sent to jail or prison for serious crimes.  Not only are they often sent to jails and prisons for adults, […]

Wednesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

A New Mexico Policeman Tasered a 10-year-old Child, Courthouse News Service A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car on career day, the boy claims in court. The complaint states that the Defendant asked a group of boys “who would like to clean […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System, The Daily Beast More than 70,000 children are held in U.S. juvenile jails. Despite some changes in harsh sentencing laws, photographer Richard Ross found despair among kids stuck in the prison system. Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill , The Huffington Post In the […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

UN Aims to End Child Marriage by 2030, Associated Press Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Thursday he is as committed to abolishing child marriage around the globe as he was to fighting apartheid in South Africa. The U.N. Population Fund says about 37,000 girls under age 18 are being married off daily, at a pace […]