Category Archives: Youth at Risk

Kid Courts Should Use Kid Friendly Language

Upon entering the courtroom with his defense attorney, the child starts waving at the judge.  When the defense attorney asks the child, “What are you doing?”  The child replied, “I’m waving my rights.”[1] Across our country, children are being funneled through the juvenile justice system.  The majority of these children have no real understanding of […]

Children and Sports: For the Love of the Game or Something More?

This post analyzes the physical, psychological, social, academic, and professional benefits participation in sports can have on a child. It serves as an introduction to a policy statement intended to require some sort of athletic participation in juvenile detention, foster care, and adoption facilities.

Monday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

No Guidelines to Prevent Child Abuse in Delhi, The Times of India Despite a spate of child abuse cases, the capital doesn’t have any guidelines to prevent sexual abuse of children in schools and educational institutions, claimed a Public Interest Legislation in the Delhi high court earlier this week. The legislation was filed by HAQ […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System, The Daily Beast More than 70,000 children are held in U.S. juvenile jails. Despite some changes in harsh sentencing laws, photographer Richard Ross found despair among kids stuck in the prison system. Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill , The Huffington Post In the […]

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 […]

New Efforts to Avoid School Suspension for Student Infractions

School suspension as a means of disciplinary action against students has created much concern about its ultimate effects on student performance, participation, attitude, and direction in school. Education Week reports that California has responded to this concern by implementing new provisions concerning school suspension as a disciplinary measure. The goals include: Requirements for school districts […]

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 […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Groups Split on Juvenile Justice Bill, WyomingNews.com Advocates and criminal justice officials are at odds over a bill that could allow counties to bypass community juvenile service boards when applying for grants. Attorney Seeks Transfer of Murder Case to Juvenile Court, JournalStar.com The attorney for a Lincoln man accused of shooting a man to death […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]