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New law includes mental health care reforms for children: Addresses problem of kids waiting for beds The 21st Century Cures Act commits billions of dollars for cancer research and to help fight the opioid epidemic, but it also includes reforms to expand mental health treatment, ensure coverage by insurance companies and increase the number of […]

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Lost girls: Young women face harsher punishment in Maryland’s juvenile justice system, The Baltimore Sun Young women are disproportionately locked up for misdemeanors, which are low-level offenses, in Maryland’s juvenile justice system. And they are more likely than boys to be taken before a judge for probation offenses such as running away, breaking curfew and defying […]

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Advocates Want Juvenile Justice Overhaul, Clash Over Direction, by Jessica DaSilva Nov. 29 — When it comes to overhauling its juvenile justice system, Virginia has garnered a reputation as a model of teamwork and progress. Yet even in a state poised to set a national standard, it’s still bedeviled by some of the same problems […]

50 Years Ago #Gaultat50

From the National Juvenile Defender Center:  FIFTY YEARS AGO ON DECEMBER 6, 1966, a young lawyer named Norman Dorsen forever changed juvenile jurisprudence in America. Under marble columns in the ornate US Supreme Court Chamber, Mr. Dorsen argued before the nine Justices that a 15-year-old boy, Gerald “Jerry” Gault, was as deserving of his due process […]

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  Suicide survivors urge open conversations, awareness around mental health Five women whose lives have been intimately, irreversibly touched by youth suicide — two by their own attempts and three by deaths of family members — spoke candidly about their experiences on a panel in Palo Alto Wednesday night, urging others to speak with the […]

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Report: Youth Lack Access to Quality Defense Attorneys, Juvenile Justice  The National Juvenile Defender Center released an analysis that details how the group believes federal, state and local officials, as well as law schools and others, could help ensure more juveniles have access to legal counsel. The recommendations include appointing counsel for all juveniles without […]

Check out: Children Displaced Across Borders Conference

“CHILDREN DISPLACED ACROSS BORDERS: BRIDGING POLICY, PRACTICE, AND DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO FURTHER HUMAN RIGHTS”  A binational conference, to be held at the University of Houston and Swansea University in Wales November 18-19, 2016 Practitioners, attorneys, advocates, researchers, and students in both Houston and in Wales will come together to discuss challenges faced by immigrant, refugee, asylee, […]

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FREE WEBINAR How to Reform Youth Justice and Defense Work With Byrne Grants Free webinar hosted by National Juvenile Defender Center and National Juvenile Justice Network. Thursday November 17,  2 pm – 3pm EST / 11 am – 12 pm PST.  You can register for the webinar by visiting: http://www.njjn.org/article/byrne-grants-webinar   “Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) funnel […]

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Abused. Reported. Unseen. New analysis reveals hundreds of Houston-area children left unseen, thousands seen late, as CPS crisis continues The database shows in new detail the magnitude of dysfunction within Texas’ child welfare system. It tracks hundreds of at-risk children who are slipping through the state’s grasp as leaders fail to stem an exodus of […]

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Fights Abound at the Overpopulated Harris County Juvenile Detention Center, Houston Press The Harris County Juvenile Detention Center has kicked into “emergency staffing” mode given that the 250-capacity detention center was housing 295 kids as of September 22. By the last week of September, the population has grown to 311. The Children Act 25 years […]