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…

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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 […]

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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 […]