Category Archives: News

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 […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

More Harm Than Good: Exempt Youth Sex Offenders from Registration Laws, Human Rights Watch Harsh public registration laws often punish youth sex offenders for life and do little to protect public safety, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. A web of federal and state laws apply to people under 18 who have […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Is 100 Years a Life Sentence? Opinions are Divided, New York Times If people who are too young to vote commit crimes short of murder, the Supreme Court said in 2010, they should not be sentenced to die in prison. That sounds straightforward enough. But there are two ways to understand the decision, Graham v. Florida. One […]

Monday’s Children and the Law Roundup

Texas Lawmaker Proposes Restriction of Solitary Confinement for Juveniles, Juvenile Justice Exchange Forum Legislators in Texas heard a proposal Tuesday from Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte that would limit solitary confinement throughout the state’s juvenile detention facilities, the Associated Press reports. “You might think that nobody puts a kid in seclusion for more […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Court Records Could be Sealed, The Seattle Times As prime sponsor of House Bill 1651, I [Rep. Ruth Kagi D-Seattle] was disappointed to see The Seattle Times editorial assert that HB 1651 is unconstitutional [“Editorial: Don’t seal all juvenile-court records,” Opinion, April 22]. Until 1977, all juvenile records were closed to the public without any […]

Saturday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

High Court Says State Improperly Requested Medical Records in Truancy Case, Lisa Siefker has spent two years fighting to get her teenage autistic son to attend school regularly after he violated Nebraska’s controversial truancy law. But the 41-year-old Lincoln woman’s willingness to cooperate reached a limit when state officials overseeing the case wanted to […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Arkansas Inmate [Jackson] Whose Case Helped Prompt US High Court Juvenile Sentencing Ruling Gets New Hearing, The Washington Post Kuntrell Jackson . . . was sentenced to life in prison when he was 14 after the shooting death of a store clerk during an attempted robbery in 1999.  The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday, April […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Training the Courts [in Libya] to Protect Children’s Rights, Libya Herald Libyan prosecutors have been finding out more about the best ways to uphold children’s rights.  The four-day training course, for 25 prosecutors, is the second stage of a scheme aimed at preparing a solid basis for building a juvenile judicial system in Libya. The […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Child Rapes Mostly Occur in Juvenile Justice Homes, ‘India’s Hell Holes: Child Sexual Assault in Juvenile Justice Homes’, a report released by Delhi’s Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) on Saturday shows there have been 48,338 child rape cases from 2001 to 2011 with most of them being committed in the juvenile justice homes run […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Criminalizing Children at School, The New York Times The National Rifle Association and President Obama responded to the Newtown, Conn., shootings by recommending that more police officers be placed in the nation’s schools. But a growing body of research suggests that, contrary to popular wisdom, a larger police presence in schools generally does little to improve […]