Category Archives: Family

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

From prison to juvenile justice lawyer, San Francisco Chronicle Francis Guzman, who was sentenced to 15 years at age 15, has become an advocate for juvenile justice. “Kids don’t make smart decisions,” Guzman said. “But ultimately, you are not the worst thing you have done. The weakest thing I did made me the strongest person […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New National Standards for Legal Defense Could Help Juveniles, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange As courtrooms juggle massive caseloads, measures to ensure a robust defense for juveniles can fall by the wayside, leading to life-long repercussions for minors. Now a national organization devoted to the legal defense of juveniles has released a comprehensive, peer-reviewed set of […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Poor state of juvenile justice in Assam, Zee News Assam has reported the highest number of cases of juvenile delinquency in the Northeast consistently for the last few years, according to a human rights watch group. The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) in its latest study report claimed that the state had recorded 405 […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Burmese Army and Armed Groups Still Recruiting Children, The Huffington Post On January 11, Burma’s Mergui Islands were featured as one of the “The 46 Places to Go in 2013” in The New York Times. A few days later, three civilians were killed after the Burmese army indiscriminately shelled the town of Laiza as part of an offensive […]

A Major Political Shift In Thinking About Gay Marriage

David Blankenhorn, a national figure in the movement against same-sex marriage, recently recanted his opposition, saying “the time has come for me to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do.” Mr. Blankenhorn, the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, wrote an influential book that argued against same-sex marriage […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Lawmaker: (Juvenile) Sentencing Reforms Will Stall, The Boston Herald Gov. Deval Patrick’s sentencing reforms – which include making young first-degree murderers eligible for parole after just 15 years – will face skepticism and resistance on Beacon Hill from lawmakers, a top Democratic lawmaker told the Herald. ‘To restrict a court’s ability (to sentence) to 15 […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Teen Shooter Targeted Two Classmates He Believed Bullied Him at Taft Union High School in CA, NY Daily News A student who believed he was the victim of bullying opened fire with a shotgun in a central California high school on Thursday, critically wounding one student and narrowly missing another before being talked down by […]

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 […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Michigan appeals court rules that juveniles serving mandatory life for murder won’t be freed, Detroit Free Press, Michigan The Michigan appeals court has ruled a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ends mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder will not apply retroactively to teens already found guilty who have exhausted their […]

Children and Sports: For the Love of the Game or Something More?

This post analyzes the physical, psychological, social, academic, and professional benefits participation in sports can have on a child. It serves as an introduction to a policy statement intended to require some sort of athletic participation in juvenile detention, foster care, and adoption facilities.