Category Archives: Juvenile Law

Words into Action? Outcome to be Determined… Texas Foster Care System Redesign

Senate Bill 218 went into effect this month. Section 11 of this bill requires the Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) to “implement a redesign of the foster care system,” in accordance with the Foster Care Redesign Report submitted in January 2011. The Foster Care Redesign Report discusses the lack of local services available to […]

Symposium: “For Their Own Good?” Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center and the ACLU of Texas are proud to host a legal symposium and community forum entitled “FOR THEIR OWN GOOD?” CHILDREN IN THE ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. When:  Friday, October 22, 2010 Time:  12:30-4:30pm Where:  University of Houston Law Center, Krost […]

Is our justice system just? – Clemency for Sara Kruzan

The story of Sara Kruzan is complicated and compelling. Growing up in Riverside, California, Sara’s life was plagued by abuse: she was molested by several men, gang raped by neighbors, and emotionally and verbally abused by her mother. Despite this abuse, Sara excelled in school, sports, and a social life. Her life changed when, at […]

Policy Primer: The Future of Juvenile Parole and Re-entry

The Texas Public Policy Foundation held a panel discussion in Austin regarding how the State follows up juvenile commitments and what direction their policies might take in the future.  Once released from detention or parole, the odds of a juvenile reoffending afterwards are unacceptably high.  While the civil commitment of delinquent juveniles is ostensibly done […]