We Need YOU!!! Taking Volunteers to help with Mock Trial!!

Houston area high school students have been working hard in their Street Law classes, and are right now choosing their roles, practicing, and working with their groups to prepare for the annual University of Houston…

Donated Suits for Houston High School Students

The University of Houston Law Centers provides local underserved high schools with volunteer law student teachers to teach “Street Law” classes. The Street Law program is one of the many reasons the law school has…

Happy Holidays for the Children in the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center

  This holiday season, approximately 230 children spent Christmas, Hanukkah, and other respective holidays away from family and friends. This year, though, the normally cheerless surrounding of the  Harris County Juvenile Detention Center was brightened by…

Weekly Roundup – Boston Battling Homelessness: As we bundle up kids in jackets and mittens this winter, Boston is making changes to bring more of their youth in from the cold. By: Lauae Wolfe

  Transitional housing with around the clock supervision The best of both worlds, youth in Boston now have the opportunity to live at Liberty house, a new transitional housing for homeless youth. Boston is addressing…

Paving the way for great changes in Juvenile Justice – CCLP Lunch Talk 2018

<ahref=”https://uh.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/e3950d287b5041c9a6b8355bd88b40351d”>https://uh.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/e3950d287b5041c9a6b8355bd88b40351d The Center for Children and the Law, Criminal Law Association at the University of Houston Law Center, and the American Constitutional Society presented Dr. Joe Janes, Dr. Aaron Brown, and Professor Anthony Charles from the…

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 […]

Words into Action? Outcome to be Determined… Texas Foster Care System Redesign

Senate Bill 218 went into effect this month. Section 11 of this bill requires the Texas Department of Family Services (DFPS) to “implement a redesign of the foster care system,” in accordance with the Foster Care Redesign Report submitted in January 2011. The Foster Care Redesign Report discusses the lack of local services available to […]

A Pageant Problem

According to cable television, chronicling compulsive moms obsessed with priming their young daughters with glitz and glamour makes for good television. Having now been on air for two years, TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras is revolved around the world of child beauty pageants, the child contestants and their families. Another recently debuted show is Lifetime’s Dance Moms […]

Kids Count in Texas

Several of the Rosenberg Scholars attend the Center for Public Policy Priorities Kids Count briefing yesterday at the United Way. CPPP and Kids Count have a wealth of data on children in Texas and across the nation.  You can view Texas statistics county by county or see how Texas compares to other states.  The uplifting news was that organizations […]