Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

In ‘Juvenile In Justice,’ Children Caught in America’s Prison System, The Daily Beast

More than 70,000 children are held in U.S. juvenile jails. Despite some changes in harsh sentencing laws, photographer Richard Ross found despair among kids stuck in the prison system.

Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill , The Huffington Post

In the wake of the Miller decision, we must be sensitive to victims’ families and try to understand their desire for retribution — but at the same time we must emphasize that imprisoning juveniles for life is not the answer.

The words of Mary Johnson, who befriended O’Shea Israel, continue to resonate:
“The young people that have been given life without parole – we need to think about them as though they are our children. Give them the opportunity — if they’ve been worked on in the prison and have worked on themselves — give them the opportunity to come out and prove themselves, as O’Shea has done.”

Think of Children as an Investment, Not an Expense, The National CASA Blog

Let’s ask all candidates for public office to stop thinking of children as an expense and start thinking of them as an investment. Perhaps the most important one we could make.

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