Category Archives: Youth at Risk

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Wisconsin Federal Court Finds Conditions at Juvenile Facilities Unconstitutional Last week, a Wisconsin Federal Court found the conditions of confinement at two juvenile youth facilities in Wisconsin, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools, to be unconstitutional. These facilities used punitive solitary confinement, pepper spray, and restraints on incarcerated youth. Western District Judge Peterson found these […]

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is linked to delayed brain development, The Washington Post For the first time, scientists can point to substantial empirical evidence that people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have brain structures that differ from those of people without ADHD. The common disorder, they conclude, should be considered a problem of delayed brain maturation and not, as it […]

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Minority juvenile offenders face inequities in mental health treatment, The Dallas Morning News Every day, our jails and prisons take in large numbers of offenders who have serious mental health issues. But how good are we in diagnosing and treating their illnesses? Traditionally, not very good, and the record gets worse with respect to providing […]

A Promise to Our Children

President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation for National Youth Justice Awareness Month on Friday. The statement recognizes several areas within our criminal justice system that are in need of reform with respect to children suspects. Simultaneously, it avows the government’s commitment to our youth. President Obama stated: The essential promise that we make to […]

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Long road to rehabilitation: Maharashtra juvenile justice system cuts pendency, but challenges remain, Firstpost Maharashtra has reduced the pendency of cases before its juvenile justice boards (JJBs) by one-third in the past few years, but a lot remains to be done in the system when it comes to rehabilitation[.] The National Conference on Juvenile Justice […]

Zero Tolerance Policies: Courts Turn a Blind Eye

Students do not enjoy a Constitutional right to a free education. Nonetheless, in Goss v. Lopez, the Supreme Court held that students are entitled to the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protections when they are suspended or expelled from school. The Fourteenth Amendment includes both procedural due process and substantive due process. The first requires specific […]

Houston School Board Refuses To Ban Suspensions

Despite the fact that school boards across the country have banned school suspensions, Texas has yet to join the growing trend. Five Houston ISD school board members voted to keep school suspensions as a last resort for teachers who are “deal(ing) with kids who they can’t contain” in pre-kindergarten through second grade classrooms. The rejected plan also included […]

The Child Left Behind

Studies conducted by the Migration Policy Institute and the Urban Institute show that deportation of a parent has a dramatic effect on the child, similar to when a child’s parent goes to prison. Washington Times reporter, Lydia DePillis, wrote: The Obama administration has already expelled about 3.7 million people who were living here illegally between 2009 and 2013. While the […]

LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 1 of 3

Homeless youth, sometimes referred to as “unaccompanied” youth, are individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care. Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons, but rarely by choice. Factors contributing to youth homelessness include family dysfunction, sexual abuse, “aging out” of the foster care system, exiting the juvenile justice system, […]

Federal Government Investigates Dallas Truancy Courts

  Late last March, the Department of Justice announced a federal investigation of the Dallas County Texas Truancy courts.  Based on preliminary investigations, the Justice Department estimated that in 2014, Dallas County prosecuted over 20,000 children for missing class.  Punishing students for truancy may be understandable, but in Dallas students can be arrested in front of their […]