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Update on Police, Tasers & Teenagers

In August, 2013, a Miami Beach police officer caught Israel Hernandez-Llach spray-painting a shuttered McDonald’s on North Beach.  After a brief foot chase, Miami Beach Officer Jorge Mercado shot Herandez-Llach with his department-issued Taser.  The teen later died at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  After a six-month-long medical examination, medical examiners stated Hernandez-Llach died of heart […]

Where Is the Justice for Juvenile Sexual Assault Victims?

Approximately 44% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.  Further, 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.  After reviewing a couple recent cases, it is easy to see why sexual assaults are not routinely reported to the police. […]

Custody Battle Raises Questions About the Rights of Women

How much personal autonomy does a pregnant woman have?  Is it considered an “appropriation of the child” for an unmarried pregnant woman to move to another state without notice to the putative father?  These complicated questions about a woman’s privacy rights are discussed in the New York Times article, Custody Battle Raises Questions about the […]

Children Sleeping on Concrete Floors of Overcrowded South Texas Juvenile Detention Facility

A juvenile detention center in Hidalgo County, Texas has overcrowding problems.   This past Halloween, 110 juveniles were brought into the 96 bed detention center, despite being forbidden by the Texas Administrative Code to hold more than its designated capacity.  14 children were forced to sleep on the facility’s concrete floor – 2 did not […]

Courthouse Dogs Calm Testifying Juveniles

“Petting, scratching, and cuddling a dog could be as soothing to the mind and heart as deep meditation and almost as good for the soul as prayer.” ― Dean Koontz, False Memory Several programs exist across the country in which prosecutors and defense counsel use professionally trained dogs to help ease the anxiety juveniles experience while […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

In Rural Georgia, One County Emerges as a Leader in Keeping Juveniles Out of the Courtroom, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange This small community to the east of Atlanta isn’t necessarily the kind of locale one would associate with progressive juvenile justice policies. Yet here, deep in the rustic Georgian countryside, the local juvenile court has […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

17-Year Old Tried As Juvenile After Killing Ref Over Call, Could Serve Less Than 4 Years, cbs.com A teenager charged with killing a Utah soccer referee because he didn’t like the man’s call during a game pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of homicide by assault in a case that brought new attention to the […]

Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation

The FBI’s recent liberation of 105 children and arrest of 150 pimps in 76 cities across the United States adds to the number of successful rescues conducted under Operation Cross Country, a joint effort operation among the FBI, Department of Justice, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children aimed at combating child sex […]