Category Archives: Youth at Risk

Our 2nd Amendment Rights May Be Killing Our Children

The 2nd Amendment Gun Control and interpreting the 2nd Amendment has always been a hot button topic.  Some people, like myself, believe that no one but law enforcement should have access to guns.  Others believe that taking away a gun is a violation of their constitutional right to bear arms: A well regulated militia, being […]

UH Law Professor comments on Houston case involving 12-year-old convicted of felony

    In Houston, a 12-year-old girl was recently convicted of a felony for taking a photograph of a classmate in a locker room. Professor Marrus, from the University of Houston Law Center, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article covering the case. Following quoted from Houston Chronicle article: ‍University ‍of ‍Houston ‍law professor Ellen Marrus […]

Child Abuse Impacts Brain Development

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has published an extensive new report on child abuse and neglect. Below is a summarized version of some of the report’s findings… Elevated Risk Environments The study highlights factors that create an “elevated risk” for child abuse and neglect to occur. Factors with the strongest support in scientific research and literature include: […]

Scare ‘Em Straight

In 1978, Arnold Shapiro directed a documentary called “Scared Straight!” which followed at-risk teens who had been in trouble for everything from fighting, theft, and  drug use to promiscuity, gambling and gang affiliation, as they spend a day in jail with actual inmates. The teens are confronted, yelled at, and verbally harassed by the adult […]

New Texas Laws – School Citations for Class C Misdemeanors

During this past session, the Texas legislature enrolled several laws with the hope of significantly reducing the number of children charged with Class C Misdemeanors while at school (commonly referred to as student ticketing).  While these new laws seem to encourage schools to apply alternate methods for addressing student behavior, nothing actually prevents schools from continuing the practice […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Man Wanted in Custody Case Returning to Oklahoma, www.abcnews.com The father of a Cherokee Indian girl mired in an adoption dispute was ordered to leave an Iowa National Guard base and return to Oklahoma, an Iowa Guard spokesman said Sunday. Brown, who is Cherokee, is charged with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter, Veronica. A […]

Conference: Legislative Advocacy & the Origins of Murderers

After lunch, the 12th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference continued with Kim Dvorchak giving an uplifting update on juvenile law legislative changes around the country, focusing on the ability of juvenile defenders to advocate for change in their home states. Both David Domenici and Kim Dvorchak recommended the National Conference of State Legislatures: Trends in Juvenile […]

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 […]

Baby Talk

In a recent article published in the New York Times, Tina Rosenberg explores the idea of baby talk.  In The Power of Talking to Your Baby definitive and critical research about child development is discussed.  Scholars have debated the reason(s) for the dramatic chasm between children raised in poverty and those who are not.  Numerous […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Need to Strengthen Juvenile Justice System: CJI, The Times of India NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Sunday stressed the need for strengthening the juvenile justice system in the country, and to provide adequate protection for juveniles who are in conflict with law. Addressing a conference of chief ministers and chief justices […]