NO Throw Away Kids

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I am deeply troubled by yesterday’s article in the Texas Tribune about kids in juvenile justice facilities being assessed in order to transfer the so-called bad ones to adult facilities. Jay Kimbrough, interim Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD), and Texas State Senator John Whitmire seem to think sending these children to adult facilities will prevent them from acting out violently and hold them “accountable.”

The reality is that these children will only learn more violent behaviors and will become the victims in a more violent and dangerous environment. I recently toured a high security Texas prison with one of my law school classes. It was far from a controlled, peaceful place. Guards told us about the prevalence of assaults both on other inmates and prison staff. According to a 2010 article in the Houston Chronicle, Texas prisons lead the nation in prison sexual abuse. Just Detention International found that “5 out of 10 prisons with the highest rate of sexual abuse in the country are in Texas.”

Sending these children to adult facilities is not for their benefit and does not benefit society. Shipping these kids to the adult system only communicates that we think you are un-saveable, and we refuse to try to help you anymore, essentially throw away kids. Personally, I do not believe in throw away kids.

Dr. Bruce Perry is an international authority in the area of child maltreatment and the impact of trauma and neglect on the developing brain. Dr. Perry believes that no child is unreachable, but instead needs the opportunity for repetitive therapeutic pattern activities to develop the appropriate coping and behavioral skills. In his article titled Keep the Cool in School, Promoting Non-Violent Behavior in Children, Dr. Perry states that “promoting a child’s emotional health is the most successful approach available to fighting violence.”

We are so quick to blame the kids when the systems designed to help them do not work. Maybe we should focus on why these systems are failing to rehabilitate these children?

LAST DAY to Register Early for the 11th Zealous Advocacy Conference in Houston, Texas

Today is the LAST DAY to register early and save 60% on the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference. After today, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Don’t miss your chance to register TODAY!

11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference
Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice

  • Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register TODAY; $200 if you register after today
  • HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.
  • Information on CLE hoursfeatured topicsspeakers, and the agenda is posted on the Conference Registration page and will be updated on a rolling basis.


Our Keynote Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce D. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (www.ChildTrauma.org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry’s clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

Dr. Perry is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

More information on Dr. Bruce D. Perry and his work can be found at http://www.childtrauma.org/.

Only 6 weeks until the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference!

We are only six weeks from the 11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference, held annually at the University of Houston Law Center. More importantly, we are only 18 DAYS from the close of early registration. After March 1st, the $80 early registration fee rises to $200. Take advantage of the early fee by registering today!

You can register online or by mail. And please continue reading for more information on this year’s Keynote Speaker, Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.


11th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference
Theme: Child Development & Juvenile Justice

  • Date: Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, 2012
  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (click for address & directions)
  • Price: $80 if you pre-register by March 1, 2012; $200 if you register after March 1, 2012
  • HOW DO I REGISTER?: You can register starting TODAY and get more information at the Center for Children, Law & Policy Conference Registration page.
  • Information on CLE hoursfeatured topicsspeakers, and the agenda will be posted on a rolling basis on the Conference Registration page.


Announcing this year’s Keynote Speaker: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bruce D. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston (www.ChildTrauma.org) and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Dr. Perry’s clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children – examining long-term cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.

Dr. Perry is the author of over 300 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare and the Alberta Centennial Medal.

More information on Dr. Bruce D. Perry and his work can be found at http://www.childtrauma.org/.