Category Archives: News

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Two Sister States are Worlds Apart on Juvenile Justice Issues, Social Justice Solutions California and Florida are practically sister states. Both are major tourist destinations and home to numerous celebrities. Aside from that, they have thriving multi-billion dollar agricultural interests with oranges, avocados, etc. jockeying for coveted market share. These states are also remarkably long […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Special Session Will Decide Maximum Sentence for Juveniles, KFDA Amarillo, TX – Sentencing a juvenile to life without parole is unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Supreme Court.  And now Texas lawmakers are deciding how to change state law to abide by federal law. Last year, SCOTUS ruled life without parole for someone under the age of 18 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Missouri’s Juvenile Justice System in Crisis, Finds Report, Washington University in St. Louis Missouri has been held out as a model for juvenile corrections programs, but the court system that puts young people into these programs is in crisis, finds a recent report by the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). “Many young people in Missouri […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Report Reveals Sexual Victimization Rates in U.S. Juvenile Facilities, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released a new report detailing rates of sexual victimization in the nation’s juvenile facilities. The report, incorporating data from the 2012 National Survey of Youth in Custody, found that nearly one in 10 young […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Bethlehem Homicide Suspect is First Juvenile Charged in Northhampton County Under New Guidelines, Lehighvalleylive.com With a 17-year-old suspect in custody, Northampton County authorities are poised to prosecute a juvenile for homicide for the first time since the U.S. Supreme Court banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for those under age 18. Bethlehem police Tuesday arrested Lucas J. […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

District Not Liable in Student Bullying, Appeals Court Rules, The School Law Blog – Education Week A Pennsylvania school district cannot be held liable for the bullying of a high school student by one of her peers, despite the fact that school officials re-admitted the perpetrator after she had been found delinquent and then continued […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Being Female in a System Designed for Boys, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange NEW YORK — On a recent Friday, 16-year-old Makala woke up and put on yellow skinny jeans and a trim black jacket — a stylish outfit that marked her temporary freedom. [Listen to the audio interview here: Interview with Makala] Until recently, most […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Justice Scalia Foresees DNA Sampling of Students, The School Law Blog – Education Week U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned in a dissent on Monday that the upholding of police taking the DNA of criminal suspects may one day lead to the universal collection of such samples in non-criminal contexts, including from children entering […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Appeals Court Backs Coaches in Disclosure of Students Sexual Orientation, Education Week A federal appeals court has ruled that two Texas high school softball coaches are immune from a student’s privacy lawsuit because there was no clearly established law barring school officials from discussing a student’s private matters, including her sexual orientation, with the student’s […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Theories Abound With Race-in-Admissions Ruling Still to Come, Education Week The U.S. Supreme Court is entering June with the entire education community anxiously awaiting a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (No. 11-345), a case that may determine the fate of the use of race in college admissions. The case, which involves the flagship university’s limited […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Campaign against restraint and Seclusion Launches With New Film, Education Weekly New Hampshire-based filmmaker Dan Habib, whose first documentary, “Including Samuel,” chronicled the life of his family, which includes a son with cerebral palsy, is back with another film that talks about restraint and seclusion from the perspective of students. Tonight’s premiere of “Restraint and […]