Will Texas follow suit?

Last week, President Obama boldly banned the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. He also banned its use in cases of low level infractions for adult offenders and announced his goal of expanding mental health treatment in federal prisons. These reforms altogether are expected to impact nearly 10,000 people in federal facilities. […]

CCLP offers new resource!

Beginning this month CCLP is pleased to announce the availability of a social work intern to help on delinquency and dependency cases. Maia McCoy is a social work student in her final year of the MSW program at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is supervised by an LMSW who can sign off on court reports. She is interested […]

Children and the Law News Roundup

            A good week for juvenile justice! In Miller v. Alabama; the Supreme Court held that sentencing life without parole to juveniles was a cruel and unusual punishment. The issue was whether this 2012 decision should apply only to future cases or did it also include  past cases. In Montgomery v. Louisiana, the […]

LGBT Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 3 of 3

Regardless of a person’s gender, sexual preference, or questioning manner, all people are entitled to have their basic human needs met and to be treated with equality and dignity. To this end, organizations that serve LGBTQ homeless youth need to provide a strong system of support and understanding for this vulnerable population. Comprehending the risks and challenges that LGBTQ […]

LGBTQ Homeless Youth at Risk, Part 2 of 3

The first duty of the government is to afford protection to its citizens yet, despite this truism, government efforts to protect the LGBTQ population only emerged within the last decade. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 criminalizes hate crimes and includes sexual orientation and gender identity among the protected classes. As of this writing, twenty-two states, […]

Houston School Board Refuses To Ban Suspensions

Despite the fact that school boards across the country have banned school suspensions, Texas has yet to join the growing trend. Five Houston ISD school board members voted to keep school suspensions as a last resort for teachers who are “deal(ing) with kids who they can’t contain” in pre-kindergarten through second grade classrooms. The rejected plan also included […]

Education Services for Incarcerated Youth

The Council of State Government Justice Center recently published a report detailing the lack of oversight with education services for incarcerated youth. For example, the study explains that only 13 states provide the same education services to incarcerated youth and students in the community. Although education is not a constitutionally recognized fundamental right, juveniles should have […]

Yes means yes in California High Schools

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence affects various types of relationships, whether they be heterosexual or homosexual; married or dating, or even teen dating.  It also takes different forms, ranging from extreme verbal assault and power and control patterns to physical and sexual violence. Not only is sexual violence relevant to the domestic violence […]

Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

A new study on early childhood education finds that African American preschoolers are suspended at higher rates than their white classmates. African American children make up 42% of preschool suspensions but only 18% of enrolled children. “At the same time that many states and communities across the country are committing to expanding high-quality early learning […]

Girls and Reproductive Justice

    Despite the recent findings that the videos portraying Planned Parenthood selling fetus parts were fabricated, the House Conservatives and anti-abortionists groups have not gone back out on their decision to defund Planned Parenthood. This bill could have devastating effects. Those behind the bill fail to understand and completely undermine the important work Planned Parenthood does and contributes to […]