Monday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Lawyers: Polk County guards abused teen inmates, San Francisco Chronicle

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued on behalf of the parents of seven youths, ages 15 to 17, who claimed they suffered as a result of being subject to an “adult correctional model” in the Polk County Jail, rather than being housed in a juvenile facility staffed by professionals who are experts in working with troubled children. The civil rights lawsuit was filed about a year after the Florida legislature passed a bill that allows counties to place children in adult jails.

Juvenile detention center’s release policy to be reviewed, The Daily News Journal

The mayor in Rutherford County, Tennessee will ask administrators at the county juvenile detention center to look into strengthening the facility’s child-release policy, days after a man was arrested for allegedly signing his stepdaughter out under false pretenses.

Expert Address the Legal Problems Surrounding Homeless Youth Services, Youth Today

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Network for Youth held a webinar last called “Alone without a Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Homeless Youth,” hoping to think through and urge a system to be set into motion that will keep young people safe. This article discusses the webinar and the problem of homeless and impoverished youth that are society are facing.

New law aims to curb “school to jail track,” The Colorado Statesman

Student leaders, school administrators and lawmakers gathered on Aug. 30 at North High School in Denver to celebrate the start of the school year with legislation that they hope ends the so-called “school to jail track.” The group highlighted their hopes for the new Smart School Discipline Law, which aims to reduce the number of students referred to law enforcement for less serious infractions.

Ashley Pierce

About Ashley Pierce

Ashley Pierce is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Houston Baptist University in 2010. While she was in college, she worked with a non-profit organization called Ambassadors for Christ that partnered at-risk youth with college students to serve as positive influences. During her first summer as a law student, Ashley worked in employment discrimination law with Bashen Corporation, in order to expand her horizons and see a completely different side of the legal world. During her second summer, she worked as a law clerk with Lilly, Newman & Van Ness, L.L.P., a family law firm. She will continue working there during her third year of law school. Ashley has always been passionate about helping children and families and she has a genuine interest in the intersection of psychology and the law. This year, she is looking forward to learning more about amicus work and she plans on focusing her research and writing on the "best interest" standard as it is applied to children.

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