Making a Murderer: Children’s Susceptibility to Giving False Confessions

During the last few months, many have watched the Netflix series Making A Murderer, which was released last December. The documentary project chronicles the story of Steven Avery, who was imprisoned for an incident with convictions in both sexual assault and attempted murder. After 18 years of being confined, DNA advances helped prove Avery’s innocence, […]

Weekly Roundup

Four years ago today Trayvon Martin was tragically shot. The Marshall Project commemorates him by curating some of the best reporting surrounding his death, including incisive commentary in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In “Fear of a Black President” Coates writes on racial exceptionalism and the polarizing effect of President Obama weighing-in: “Before President Obama […]

Candidates Light on Children’s Issues

“The truth is that no one has yet invented or discovered a mode of measurement for the intensity of human belief. Hence there can be yet no successful method of communicating intelligibly a sound method of self-analysis for one’s belief.”       –Professor John Henry Wigmore, regarding legal burden of proof Jurist John Henry Wigmore described the […]

Weekly Roundup

Let’s change the conversation around mental health, Michelle Obama, February 17, 2016 “Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any […]

Poisoned Children in Flint, Michigan

Beyoncé, celebrity singer, recently announced her financial support towards the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, bringing more attention to the the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The poisonous water issue came to light in fall of 2015, when researchers concluded the tap water residents were drinking was causing elevated lead levels in children’s blood. Since 2013, […]

Zero Tolerance Policies: Courts Turn a Blind Eye

Students do not enjoy a Constitutional right to a free education. Nonetheless, in Goss v. Lopez, the Supreme Court held that students are entitled to the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process protections when they are suspended or expelled from school. The Fourteenth Amendment includes both procedural due process and substantive due process. The first requires specific […]

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 […]