Missouri Teacher Facebook Ban: Are there alternatives for other states?

On August 3, 2011, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a controversial law banning teachers and students from “friending” each other on social media websites like Facebook. The law bans all private student-teacher communications online. The law drew immediate praise from parent groups and was denounced by Missouri teachers as an unconstitutional infringement on their free […]

Remembering Omar Khadr – The Youngest Prisoner at Guantanimo

September 11, 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of the most tragic, terrorist attack on American soil. Many Americans lost their lives, including 8 children aboard UA Flight 175 and AA Flight 77. Another child whose life was changed forever by 9/11 was Omar Khadr, a Canadian boy who at 15 years old on July […]

Symposium: “For Their Own Good?” Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System

The Center for Children, Law & Policy at the University of Houston Law Center and the ACLU of Texas are proud to host a legal symposium and community forum entitled “FOR THEIR OWN GOOD?” CHILDREN IN THE ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. When:  Friday, October 22, 2010 Time:  12:30-4:30pm Where:  University of Houston Law Center, Krost […]

Is our justice system just? – Clemency for Sara Kruzan

The story of Sara Kruzan is complicated and compelling. Growing up in Riverside, California, Sara’s life was plagued by abuse: she was molested by several men, gang raped by neighbors, and emotionally and verbally abused by her mother. Despite this abuse, Sara excelled in school, sports, and a social life. Her life changed when, at […]

Leadership & Policy Forum on Truancy and Dropout Prevention

“Every 29 seconds, another student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American dropouts a year – or 6,000 every day.”   — Do Something.Org Today, American public schools are rife with high absenteeism and low graduation rates. Essentially, many students do not feel compelled to come to school for a variety of factors. This […]

Policy Primer: The Future of Juvenile Parole and Re-entry

The Texas Public Policy Foundation held a panel discussion in Austin regarding how the State follows up juvenile commitments and what direction their policies might take in the future.  Once released from detention or parole, the odds of a juvenile reoffending afterwards are unacceptably high.  While the civil commitment of delinquent juveniles is ostensibly done […]