Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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State Removes 11 Abused and Neglected Children from Dayton Home, The Houston Chronicle

Eleven children, some of whom were discovered tied up, were removed from a Dayton home last month – ending what investigators believe may have been lifelong physical abuse.  Child Protective Services took custody of the youngsters, ranging in age from 5 months to 11 years, after a request to investigate conditions at a home in the 600 block of Ford.

Governor Patrick Seeks Fewer Life Terms for Youths, The Boston Globe

Governor Deval Patrick plans on Monday to propose broad legislation that would sharply reduce the number of teenagers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder convictions, his aides said.

The changes would allow some of these offenders to get parole hearings as soon as 15 years after their incarceration, and even sooner in some cases in which, for example, the offender did not pull the trigger or otherwise kill the victim. Parole boards would still have discretion to keep them behind bars for life.

A Kids Guide to Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is when a criminal who breaks the law is tried for their action, and sometimes punished for it according to the law. There are various people who help the community by catching the people who break the law, putting them in jail, gathering evidence, and keeping them in jail.

The importance of solving cases and finding criminals is key to making the world a better place. Being prepared and safe while playing outside or in your home will allow you to grow up avoiding crimes and danger. Learn a little bit more about crimes, laws, safety, and many other issues by exploring the criminal justice resources below.

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