Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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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 of high courts here, the chief justice said: “Forty-two per cent of our population in India are children. How many of us even think of children as the potential force for the future?”

“Large number of them (children) do not have proper facilities despite best of our efforts and intention. This leads to number of problems, particularly drug addiction is the worst problem. To address these, we have to strengthen the juvenile justice system.”

Addressing Girls’ Health Needs at Juvenile Detention Centers, Los Angeles Times

Latrice lifts the sleeve of her gray sweatshirt to reveal small, dark lines — scars from slicing her forearm over and over to drown out pain from years of sexual abuse. She says she was an alcoholic, dropped out of school in the eighth grade and got pregnant at 16.

Georgia House Passes Juvenile Justice Reform Bill, Right On Crime

Good news out of Georgia. The Georgia House of Representatives just passed HB 242, the juvenile justice reform bill. It now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

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