Category Archives: Parents’ Rights

Parole For Offenders Convicted of Crimes Involving Harm to Children

An article in the Texas Tribune, New Parole Rules Sought in Cases Involving Children, shares the story and the plight of Laurie Thompson, a woman whose 4-year-old granddaughter was “beaten to death after being sexually assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend.” The mother was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison; however, within two years […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juveniles Not Entitled to Legal, Parental Counsel Prior to Police Investigations Ohio Supreme Court Rules, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the state’s laws do not entitle juveniles the right to an attorney during interrogations that occur before charges are formally filed, or prior to an initial appearance in […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

When Children Kill Other Children, Juvenile Justice Blog So, the question becomes a choice between different theories of punishment: retribution or rehabilitation. Must we exact revenge on children when they murder other children? Must we cast them out of society until they are old and enfeebled, as we do with the majority of adults convicted […]

Motorcycle Passenger Age Restrictions Needed to Protect Kids

A Washington Attorney General Opinion in 1984 determined that riding with a child as a passenger on a motorcycle under 5 years old was unsafe and therefore illegal.  This decision was made in part because child safety seats are required in cars and motorcycles do not have similar restraint options. Until adequate child restraint devices […]

Register Now for Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Child Welfare Advocacy

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center is pleased to announce the opening of registration for our Fall 2012 Conference: Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Child Welfare Advocacy. We’ve collaborated with Children at Risk, One Voice Texas, and Disability Rights Texas to put together a stellar lineup of […]

Collateral Consequences: Download this Handy Resource for Children and Families

It is critical that children and families understand their options before making any legal decisions regarding children involved in the juvenile justice system.  The implications for children found guilty by the juvenile court can have far-reaching implications and collateral consequences for both children and their families.  Often involvement in the system is confusing and overwhelming […]

California Legislature Seeks to Ban Same-Sex Attraction Therapy for Children

Senator Ted Lieu (D-Redondo Beach) introduced SB 1172 in February 2012 after seeing a news piece about the harmful effects of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation.  Young people have committed suicide because of therapy to change their sexual orientation.  Serious harm is a very real possibility with these types of therapies. SB 1172 […]

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 […]

A Link Between the Death Penalty and Juvenile Justice

As a death penalty attorney for over twenty-five years, David Dow asks us to consider the bigger picture in a death row inmate’s story. Over 75% of death row inmates have a previous history with the juvenile justice system. Dow emphasizes the need for effective intervention and prevention during childhood. Check out his presentation. TEDxAustin […]