Category Archives: News

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Sex-Trafficking Sting Shows Foster Children are Especially Vulnerable, ChildrensRights.org The FBI announced on Monday that a nationwide sex-trafficking sting rescued 105 sexually exploited teenagers, according to a Los Angeles Times report. The three-day sting covering 76 cities focused on underage victims of prostitution and resulted in 150 suspected pimps being apprehended. In San Francisco alone, officers rescued 12 […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Nevada High Court Upholds Law Requiring Registration for Juvenile Sex Offenders, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange In a narrow 4-3 decision, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a state law requiring the registration of certain juvenile sex offenders, even though all seven of the court’s justices had written previously that the law may not be an effective […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Summer Jobs May Reduce Teen Violence, Study Says, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Summer jobs may help reduce violence, according to a recent study that found that low-income Boston teens who held down summer jobs were less likely to engage in violence than teens without jobs. The study, conducted by researchers at Center for Labor Market Studies at […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Law Change Forbids Minors From Being Held in Adult Prison (Philadelphia) The Times Tribune Juvenile justice advocates are applauding a rule change recently enacted by the state Supreme Court that precludes authorities from holding juveniles in adult prisons pending their appearance in juvenile court. The rule, enacted on June 28, clarifies the definition of a […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Student’s Questioning Violated Fourth Amendment, Court Rules, Education Week A school resource officer violated the rights of an 8-year-old student when he detained the youth and intimidated him into crying, all to coax a confession from another student who was the real suspect in the theft of a dollar bill, the state’s highest court has […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Time to Revisit Juvenile Sentencing Practices, Daily Press One year ago, in the case of Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole may not be imposed upon children, even in cases involving a homicide. The court had earlier ruled in Graham v. Florida that […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Bill Signed for County Court at Law, AliceTx.com Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed into law House Bill 3153, which is a cause for much celebration in the Jim Wells County Courthouse. The bill provides for the creation of a county court at law that will free up the county and district court, allowing more […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Fewer Kids in Illinois Prisons, Illinois Times During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it in mandatory minimum sentences and other provisions. From 1985 to 2000, the state’s population of incarcerated […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Strikes Down Louisiana Law Allowing Kids to Own Guns, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange A Louisiana juvenile court judge rankled the state’s pro-gun activists last week when she struck down portions of a state law allowing minors to carry firearms. East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson ruled that a law allowing concealed […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Common Core is Putting Teachers Back in the Curricular Driver’s Seat, Eduwonk There’s been a lot of hullaballoo suddenly about the Common Core. Symptomatic of the strange political times we live in, the Tea Party Right and the social justice Left have found common ground on the purported dangers of Common Core standardization. What both […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Why Finnish Babies Mostly Sleep in Cardboard Boxes, Updated News For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Backs Student Who Said He Couldn’t ‘Accept Gays’, The School Law Blog – Education Week A federal district judge has ruled that a high school teacher violated the free speech rights of a Michigan student by removing him from class for expressing views that he didn’t “accept gays” because of his Roman Catholic faith. […]