Category Archives: Juvenile Law

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

High Court Says State Improperly Requested Medical Records in Truancy Case, Omaha.com Lisa Siefker has spent two years fighting to get her teenage autistic son to attend school regularly after he violated Nebraska’s controversial truancy law. But the 41-year-old Lincoln woman’s willingness to cooperate reached a limit when state officials overseeing the case wanted to […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Arkansas Inmate [Jackson] Whose Case Helped Prompt US High Court Juvenile Sentencing Ruling Gets New Hearing, The Washington Post Kuntrell Jackson . . . was sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999.  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, April […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Training the Courts [in Libya] to Protect Children’s Rights, Libya Herald Libyan prosecutors have been finding out more about the best ways to uphold children’s rights.  The four-day training course, for 25 prosecutors, is the second stage of a scheme aimed at preparing a solid basis for building a juvenile judicial system in Libya. The […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Child Rapes Mostly Occur in Juvenile Justice Homes, dnaindia.com ‘India’s Hell Holes: Child Sexual Assault in Juvenile Justice Homes’, a report released by Delhi’s Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on Saturday shows there have been 48,338 child rape cases from 2001 to 2011 with most of them being committed in the juvenile justice homes run […]

2013 Texas Legislative Update: Juvenile Records – Charges Against Children Should be Confidential

Texas State House Bill 528 seeks to restrict access to records of children charged with or convicted of certain fine-only misdemeanors.  HB 528 is getting a second reading to the House this Monday April 22nd, 2013.  Texas Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) is the sponsor of HB 528. If enacted HB 528 would change the language of the Texas Code […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Criminalizing Children at School, The New York Times The National Rifle Association and President Obama responded to the Newtown, Conn., shootings by recommending that more police officers be placed in the nation’s schools. But a growing body of research suggests that, contrary to popular wisdom, a larger police presence in schools generally does little to improve […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Horrific Child Abuse Case Moves Mississippi to Toughen the Law, WLOX 13 Monday, Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1259, also known as the Lonnie Smith Act. It’s named in honor of a Jackson County boy who suffered unthinkable abuse from his own mother. Supporters said the new law bridges the gap between the […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Cuba Hands Over Hakken Family to US: Boys Head Back to Grandparents, Mom and Dad Cool Heels in Jail, Newser The Hakken family is back on US soil this morning, after Cuba handed the foursome over to US custody without ado. Josh and Sharyn Hakken, accused of abducting their two sons and sailing off to the island nation, […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Need to Strengthen Juvenile Justice System: CJI, The Times of India NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Sunday stressed the need for strengthening the juvenile justice system in the country, and to provide adequate protection for juveniles who are in conflict with law. Addressing a conference of chief ministers and chief justices […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Court Ruling Prompts State to Review Juvenile Sentencing Laws, The Advocate LAFAYETTE — Nearly 300 Louisiana prison inmates have a stake in this year’s legislative session where lawmakers will rewrite sentencing statutes for juveniles who are 17 or younger when they commit murder. Current laws in Louisiana and some other states mandate that juveniles who […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juveniles in Indian-controlled Kashmir denied justice, PressTV In a stark revelation on the grim human rights scenario in Indian-controlled Kashmir, a fact finding report by New Delhi based Asian Centre for Human Rights has termed the situation of juveniles in Kashmir as the worst in India. The report, which happens to be the first ever […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Finds Ohio High School Football Players Guilty of Raping Girl, Chicago Tribune STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Two high school football players from Ohio were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer while she was in a drunken stupor in a case that gained national exposure through social […]