16th Zealous Advocacy Conference – REGISTRATION OPEN

We are formally inviting you to our 16th Zealous Advocacy Conference! The Zealous Advocacy Conference is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. This […]

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How Hollow Rhetoric and a Broken Child Welfare System Feed Texas’ Sex-Trafficking Underworld, The Texas Tribune Eighty-six percent of missing children suspected of being forced into sex work came from the child welfare system, national data show, and a state-funded study estimated that the vast majority of young victims in Texas had some contact with […]

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NPR Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary, February 7, 2017, ANYA KAMENETZ “The 59-year-old philanthropist and activist from Michigan takes over the leadership and management of a federal bureaucracy with 4,400 employees and a $68 billion annual budget. Now, the question is: How much will actually change for the nation’s 50 million public school students and 20 […]

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Gov. Abbott’s Goals of CPS Overhaul, Budget Cuts In Conflict Gov. Greg Abbott says fixing Texas’ Child Protective Services is a life and death issue. In his State of the State address, Abbott called for an overhaul of CPS, including more money for staff and training.The governor said more than 100 children died last year […]

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Minority juvenile offenders face inequities in mental health treatment, The Dallas Morning News Every day, our jails and prisons take in large numbers of offenders who have serious mental health issues. But how good are we in diagnosing and treating their illnesses? Traditionally, not very good, and the record gets worse with respect to providing […]

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Fighting the Worst Pipeline of All: From School to Prison, Indian Country Media, Commentary, Frank Hopper, Posted: Jan 02, 2017 “Another pipeline crossing Indian country threatens our most precious resource. This pipeline has been under construction for nearly a century and has already done irreparable damage to Native people and communities. It doesn’t carry oil or […]

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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 […]