Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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New Jersey Juveniles Now Entitled to Hearings Before Transfer to State Prisons, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE)

In August, a state appeals court panel ruled that New Jersey juveniles currently housed in youth detention facilities were entitled to hearings before being transferred to adult prisons, according to The Record.

The three-judge appeals panel overturned the transfer of a Cumberland County man – a juvenile at the time of committing his crimes – who was sent to South Woods State Prison in November 2011. Following the decision, a Juvenile Justice Commission Staff will now be required to hold hearings that will allow the detainee to challenge the legality of the transfer, The Record reported.

Lawmakers fume over raises for top officials at troubled juvenile justice agency, Austin American-Statesman

While other state agencies were freezing positions and downsizing because of the tight economy, the state’s juvenile corrections department handed out pay raises in March to 13 top officials — even as the agency was mired in controversy over its inability to curb violence and gang activity at its lockups.

Angry legislative leaders said Thursday that some of the pay hikes, which ranged from $3,500 a year to $14,700, appear to violate Texas law.

The reason: A state budget law banned raises for at least two of the jobs.

Michael Griffiths: The TT Interview, Texas Tribune

On Monday, Griffiths will become the new executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The 13-member board voted 7-6 to hire him to replace Jay Kimbrough, who has temporarily led the department since the retirement of Cherie Townsend in May.

[Ed. Note: Click the link above to read an edited transcript of the Texas Tribune’s conversation with the TJJD’s new executive director.]

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