Overly Sexy Halloween Outfits for Young Girls

The trend in Halloween costumes for young girls is disturbingly skin-baring and over-sexualized. Girls as young as elementary school age can choose between outfits with short skirts, baring their whole shoulders and arms, and/or that leave their mid section uncovered. What could the long-term harm be in revealing outfits on young girls? According to recent […]

Rosenberg Scholars visit the 315th Juvenile Court

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars (Janice, Alex, Chloe) had the opportunity to visit the 315th Juvenile Court last week and speak with Associate Judge Angela Ellis about the child protection court system in Harris County. Judge Ellis was very generous with her time and spoke to us about her role as judge and developing the GIRLS […]

Day One of the Juvenile Defenders Summit

Friday was the first day of the National Juvenile Defenders Leadership Summit.  The Center for Children, Law & Policy scholars had the opportunity to meet many practicing defenders and learn practical tips as well as current research and statistics. The breakout session that I enjoyed the most was on the issues facing Native American delinquent […]

National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit 2011

This weekend several of our scholars will be in Seattle for the annual National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit. The Summit is a three-day conference where juvenile defenders from every state meet to discuss and learn about important issues facing our youth and those who defend them. Topics at past conferences have included immigration issues (such […]

What has Texas done lately to stop school bullying?

A few weeks ago, the topic of school bullying seemed to have dropped off the radar of the mainstream media. After a flurry of teen suicides in the last few years focused the nation’s attention on state anti-bullying efforts, the spotlight was eventually pushed away. But last month’s tragic suicide of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer has […]

Alabama immigration law upheld: What effect will it have on children?

Last Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of the Northern District of Alabama ruled on key portions of Alabama’s strict new immigration law. Several provisions of the legislation make Alabama’s HB 56 stricter than Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Judge Blackburn blocked several provisions of the law from taking effect, including a prohibition on allowing […]

Another “Cash-for-Kids” Judge Sentenced to 17.5 years in prison

Last Friday, former Pennsylvania juvenile judge Michael Conahan was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison for sending teenagers to youth detention facilities in exchange for kickbacks from the detention center builder. ABA Journal has more: Former President Judge Michael Conahan, 59, was sentenced Friday, report the Legal Intelligencer and the Associated Press. He also was […]

Parental Pass for Child Experimentation?

On September 15, 2011 dozens of families in the Baltimore, Maryland area filed a class action lawsuit against Kennedy Krieger Institute (“KKI”) accusing KKI of knowingly exposing black children to lead poisoning in connection to a 1993 human research experiment.  Best explained in the suit, “Children were enticed into living in lead-tainted housing and subjected […]

Children and Homicide: A Tough Call

Last week, Sixty Minutes aired a segment on the murder of neo-Nazi leader Jeffrey Hall.  I hadn’t heard about the incident, which occurred last May, and was shocked to hear that Jeffrey Hall’s ten year old son was the alleged murderer.  This case brings up many issues about juvenile sentencing, child abuse, and children’s mental health.  Hall […]

Should negligent child welfare workers spend time behind bars?

NPR covered an intriguing story last week about a pending New York criminal case that may have repercussions for child welfare workers across the country. Chereece Bell was a CPS supervisor in New York City. She supervised some of the worst cases of abuse in Brooklyn in an agency department called the “Hospital Unit.” When […]

New Poverty Stats: What They Mean and How Texas Compares Nationally

After CPPP’s “Kids Count” report about Texas children was released a few weeks ago (covered here by Chloe), some new sobering statistics were released about the state of children around the nation. The U.S. Census Bureau released a report detailing the number of people in the United States living in poverty and without health insurance. Here’s […]