Category Archives: News

2013 Texas Legislative Update: Marijuana Decriminalization – Unlikely to Ever Pass, but Good for Decreasing Juvenile Arrests

Two Texas lawmakers are hoping Texas legislators will pass a bill to reduce the penalty for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana to a Class C misdemeanor.  This means offenders in this category would pay a ticket, like a traffic ticket not punishable by jail time.  Rep. Dutton (D-Houston) and Rep. Burnam (D-Fort Worth) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Opens Door for Michigan Juvenile Lifers, ABC News All Michigan inmates serving no-parole sentences for murder committed as juveniles are entitled to a chance at release, a judge said Wednesday, declaring that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively. The decision by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara trumps a ruling last fall […]

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 […]

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) […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Indiana Can’t Kick Sex Offenders off Social Media, Court Says, CNN Indiana can’t kick all registered sex offenders off instant messaging services, chat rooms or social networking sites like Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state passed a law in 2008 that was aimed at keeping predators from trolling the Internet for new […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Justice:  Changes Made in Laws Affecting Youths, Midland Daily News It’s been years in the making, but now some big changes have been made to laws pertaining to juveniles in court. “The predominant push is the idea that we need to have laws that are geared to juveniles,” Midland County Probate Judge Dorene S. […]

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 […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Newtown Parents Learn Comforting Details About Son’s Death, CNN His parents remember Dylan Hockley as such a happy child. He was 6 and full of joy, his mother, Nicole Hockley, says. She said he was always smiling and described his laugh as infectious. When his dad would return to their Newtown, Connecticut, home each day, […]

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 […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

State Reforms Could Give Options to Wayward Teens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Lawmakers in this traditionally tough-on-crime state approved a sweeping rewrite of Georgia’s rigid sentencing laws a year ago, allowing more nonviolent adult offenders to avoid costly prison stints. This session, the General Assembly . . . will consider changes to the state’s juvenile justice […]