Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Researchers Examine Youth Delinquency and Violence in Denver, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The initial results from a study analyzing youth violence in a small Denver neighborhood finds that the roots of adolescent delinquency may be found in tumultuous, early home-life experiences.

In February, researchers at the University of Colorado’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence released findings from the first year of a five-year analysis of Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. With data for more than 2,000 local students culled from surveys, in tandem with almost 700 Montbello resident interviews, researchers determined that two-out-of-five young people in the area had been involved in delinquent activity within a 12-month period, with 6 percent of the youth population saying they had tried drugs before becoming teenagers.

Neb. Court Rejects Off-Campus Search of Student Vehicle, Education Week

A search by school officials of a student’s vehicle while it was parked just off campus was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment, Nebraska’s highest court has ruled.

The search had turned up drug paraphernalia, leading to a 19-day suspension for a Millard West High School student identified in court papers as J.P.

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled 5-1 that school officials exceeded their authority under state law when they concluded that a student driving to and from school without parking on school grounds gave them a sufficient nexus to school activities to subject the student to discipline based on that activity.

Juvenile Justice Overhaul Caries Additional Cost, forsyth News

Forsyth County Juvenile Court and the local finance committee used a Wednesday budget meeting to grapple with how to budget for new statewide requirements.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a juvenile justice reform bill into law on May 2 that rewrites and reorganizes the law.

The 250-page bill is a “complete overhaul of the juvenile code,” said Juvenile Court Judge Russell Jackson.

Those new requirements take effect with the start of 2014, but the impact to the county’s budget hasn’t been determined.

Brandon Schrecengost

About Brandon Schrecengost

Brandon Schrecengost is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center. He graduated with his Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Houston in 2007. After graduation, Brandon taught science and music at Sharpstown Middle School in Houston ISD. He began working as an intern with the Center for children Law and Policy this summer and is currently the treasurer of the International Law Society at UHLC. Brandon’s interest in how legal policy effects children the world over, particularly in the realm of education, continues to inform his work.

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