Category Archives: News

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

TCJC List of Reform Bills Approved by 83rd Lege, Grits for Breakfast The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition sent out an email this morning detailing reform legislation they supported which passed in the 83rd session. There is a surprising number of juvenile justice bills on the roster but a lamentably short list of bills aimed at reducing incarceration […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Brave Experiment at a California Boys Ranch Pays Off, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The past decade has seen an encouraging trend in juvenile justice. Increasingly, experts are recognizing that the best way to improve public safety is to rely less on state correctional institutions for treating youth offenders, and more on the dynamic therapeutic approach […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Lawmakers Advance Plan to Study Use of Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Jails, The Republic AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers have advanced a plan to study the use of solitary confinement in county juvenile jails. In a 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate approved the measure as part of a broad juvenile justice bill. State records show […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Pennsylvania Finds 20 Percent of Juveniles Re-Offend Within Two Years, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange A new report issued by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commissionfinds that among juveniles whose cases were closed in 2007, one-in-five recidivated within two years. The Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice Recidivism Report found juvenile recidivism rates to be as high as 45 percent […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Juvenile Justice Center Answer to Larger Load of Cases, mystateline.com ROCKFORD – It’s just short move across Elm Street from the 4th floor of the Public Safety Building to the new Winnebago County Juvenile Justice Center.  The move is one the court system has been waiting for since they were forced to move to […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Japan’s Child Kidnapping Problem, The Daily Beast Japan has a child-kidnapping problem. It’s not strangers snatching the kids on the playground or at the bus-stop; the problem is that when a Japanese national divorces a foreigner overseas, he or she can abduct their children, bring them back to Japan and the law ensures that the […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Researchers Examine Youth Delinquency and Violence in Denver, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The initial results from a study analyzing youth violence in a small Denver neighborhood finds that the roots of adolescent delinquency may be found in tumultuous, early home-life experiences. In February, researchers at the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Los Angeles School Board Cracks Down on Suspensions for Minor Infractions, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Amid a deepening debate over appropriate school discipline, board members of the nation’s second largest school district — Los Angeles Unified — took bold steps this week sure to be noticed nationally. They voted to prohibit out-of-school suspensions of students […]

Texas 2013 Legislative Session: Update on the Child Related Bills Reviewed by CCLP

The last day of the 83rd Regular Session for the Texas legislature is fast approaching, on Monday May 27, 2013.  If a bill is not passed by the House and Senate by then, it will have to wait until the next session starting January 13, 2015.   The last day the governor can sign or veto […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Rules for Testing Students with Disabilities Sparks Concern in Texas, On Special Education – Education Week Texas is replacing its former TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) program with the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR. The STAAR-Alternate program is for students with severe disabilities, and allows students to be tested on […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Justice Officials Testify in Favor of Raising Age of Criminality in Massachusetts, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange This week, numerous legislators and juvenile justice officials testified before Massachusetts’ Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, in support of recent legislative proposals that would place 18-year-olds under the jurisdiction of the state’s juvenile courts as opposed […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Children’s Act to Transform Services for At-Risk Kids: Bill 25 Touches All Aspects of Government Services for Alberta Youth, Edmonton Journal Human Services Minister Dave Hancock introduced the Children First Act on Tuesday, a new law that will touch every program or service the Alberta government provides to children and families at risk.  Bill 25 initiates […]