Category Archives: News

Texas Juvenile Justice Department Appoints New Director

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) has hired a new executive director: Michael Griffiths, the highly regarded retired director of Dallas County’s juvenile justice program, was hired this afternoon as the new executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The vote was 7-6. Griffiths, who served on the governor’s State Juvenile Justice Task Force […]

Texas Probation Officer Fired After Sexually Assaulting a Minor Child in Juvenile Detention

Robert Robinson, a juvenile probation supervisor, was recently fired for repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor child in Harris County’s juvenile detention facility. The news coverage describes his actions as “engaging in a sexual affair”, as if to minimize or provide some sort of justification to Robinson’s actions. Let’s be clear, according to the laws of […]

Weekly News Round-up: August 6, 2012

“Reasonable suspicion” vs. probable cause in schools. A Washington Supreme Court decision overturned a school resource officer’s inspection of a student’s backpack. Although school administrators only need a “reasonable suspicion” to search students, school resource officers are law enforcement officials who still need probable cause to conduct a search. The “reasonable suspicion” standard for school […]

More Analysis on Today’s Alabama v. Miller Decision

Ellen Marrus is the George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Marrus also serves as Director of UH’s Center for Children, Law & Policy and Director of the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. She received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of San Francisco and her LL.M. from Georgetown […]

Upcoming Texas Supreme Court Case Could Put Child In Home Of Convicted Sex Offender

A recent article in the Austin American Statesman highlights an important case at the steps of the Texas Supreme Court that calls into question the role of mediation in resolving child custody disputes and how to determine the best interest of the children involved.  The case concerns a custody dispute between Benjamin Redus and his […]