Category Archives: News

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Arrest Histories and Records, The Des Moines Register Juveniles are not “arrested.” They are “detained.” Instead of being “charged,” a petition is filed. They aren’t “found guilty” but “adjudicated delinquent.” Yet this may all look the same to prospective employer or college checking records online. The editorial board asked attorneys how an applicant who […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

When Children Kill Other Children, Juvenile Justice Blog So, the question becomes a choice between different theories of punishment: retribution or rehabilitation. Must we exact revenge on children when they murder other children? Must we cast them out of society until they are old and enfeebled, as we do with the majority of adults convicted […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Study: Youth Offenses, Sentences, Predict Little about Recidivism, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) Data emerging from a seven years’ study of young offenders suggest that the nature of a serious juvenile crime or the length of time served for it, does not do a very good job predicting if a youth will re-offend. Romney’s Educational […]

Friday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Texas Juvenile Justice Department may eliminate 20% of executive staff , Grits for Breakfast blog, Texas The new head of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), Mike Griffiths, plans to shake up agency management, the Austin Statesman’s Mike Ward reported today, reducing the number of top supervisory staff by as much as 20%, and has […]

Zealous Defense Attorneys: Not Just for Adults Anymore

On August 30, 2012, the Supreme Court of Illinois decided that due process and its Juvenile Court Act requires that a minor tried for a criminal offense in a delinquency proceeding should be represented by a defense counsel whose “singular loyalty is to the defense of the juvenile.” For an adult in a criminal proceeding, […]

Tuesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

For Children and Families, It’s a Poorly Mixed World, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange A poorly mixed world indeed. It is hardly surprising that Americans spend the largest percentage of their income on housing and that residential areas are now segregated not only by race and ethnicity but also by socioeconomic class. In 1970, 66 percent […]

BREAKING: New Texas Juvenile Justice Department Executive Director Removes Two Top Officials

From the Austin-American Statesman: The just-arrived head of the troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department today removed two top officials from their jobs, in what he hinted might be the first of several moves to change the agency’s course. One of the two officials who lost their jobs — James Smith, the deputy director of state […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Jersey Juveniles Now Entitled to Hearings Before Transfer to State Prisons, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) In August, a state appeals court panel ruled that New Jersey juveniles currently housed in youth detention facilities were entitled to hearings before being transferred to adult prisons, according to The Record. The three-judge appeals panel overturned the transfer […]