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Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

UN Aims to End Child Marriage by 2030, Associated Press Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Thursday he is as committed to abolishing child marriage around the globe as he was to fighting apartheid in South Africa. The U.N. Population Fund says about 37,000 girls under age 18 are being married off daily, at a pace […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Attorney General Bill Schuette wins bid to argue ‘juvenile lifers’ cannot be resentenced, Michigan Live The Michigan Court of Appeals has approved a request by Bill Schuette to join a case that will decide if hundreds of inmates serving mandatory life terms must be resentenced, possibly to lesser terms. Six other groups have also received permission to […]

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 […]

Substance Abuse Among Youthful Offenders

Consistent and substantial evidence exists that supports the relationship between substance abuse and criminal behaviors in youth.[1] Youthful offenders demonstrate elevated rates of substance abuse in comparison to non-offending youth. [2] Substance abuse often increases recidivism and reflects a deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system.[3] Drug and alcohol use also increases the likelihood that […]

Becoming Adults: Children Reared in Foster Care and Youth Services

The road from adolescence to adulthood is bumpy and difficult for even the most well-adjusted teen; but for children in foster care and youth services, a successful transition is often an insurmountable task.  In our society, adulthood is legally defined (in most situations) to occur upon a child’s eighteenth birthday.  For the typical child this […]

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 […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

School-to-Jailhouse Pipeline Not Only in Mississippi, Juvenile Justice Exchange “How I like to define it,” Freeman said, “is the use of policies and practices that increase the likelihood that young people become incarcerated.” That includes at-school arrests for minor behavioral incidents, as well as what he calls more indirect actions, like suspensions, expulsions or references […]

Friday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Texas Juvenile Justice Department may eliminate 20% of executive staff , Grits for Breakfast blog, Texas The new head of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), Mike Griffiths, plans to shake up agency management, the Austin Statesman’s Mike Ward reported today, reducing the number of top supervisory staff by as much as 20%, and has […]

Tuesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

For Children and Families, It’s a Poorly Mixed World, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange A poorly mixed world indeed. It is hardly surprising that Americans spend the largest percentage of their income on housing and that residential areas are now segregated not only by race and ethnicity but also by socioeconomic class. In 1970, 66 percent […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Ohio: Court Reverses Custody Ruling for Lesbian’s Former Partner, Pink News A court in Ohio has reversed an earlier decision to allow access to the biological daughter of a lesbian’s former girlfriend, now saying that she has no right to custody. Following a long legal battle, Maggie Gross had found she was entitled to access […]

Texas Probation Officer Fired After Sexually Assaulting a Minor Child in Juvenile Detention

Robert Robinson, a juvenile probation supervisor, was recently fired for repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor child in Harris County’s juvenile detention facility. The news coverage describes his actions as “engaging in a sexual affair”, as if to minimize or provide some sort of justification to Robinson’s actions. Let’s be clear, according to the laws of […]