Tag Archives: incarcerated youth

Not all children will see the light of day outside of the prison walls

From Erik Eckholm at the New York Times: In decisions widely hailed as milestones, the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 acted to curtail the use of mandatory life sentences for juveniles, accepting the argument that children, even those who are convicted of murder, are less culpable than adults and usually deserve a […]

Bryan ISD Investigated for School-Based Ticketing Due To Disparate Impact on African-American Students

From NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund: In a letter sent to LDF, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed it will investigate a complaint  that we and Texas Appleseed filed which challenges the “disparate impact” that Bryan school district’s practice of issuing criminal citations for minor misbehavior has on African-American students, who are ticketed at […]

The Future of Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles

From the Editorial Board at The New York Times: Young people are different. The Supreme Court has delivered that message repeatedly over the last decade in limiting or flatly prohibiting the most severe criminal punishments for those under 18 at the time of their crime. In 2005, the court banned the death penalty for juveniles. […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Taser Used on Youth at Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center, WJTV A year after a settlement agreement was reached to address abusive conditions at the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center, an independent court monitor has found that a Taser was used on a youth at the facility on Christmas and that the detention center has shown little […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Teen Court Gives Wayward Youth a Jury of their Peers, Spirit of Jefferson Imagine making a poor decision that could change the course of your life. Now imagine having a second chance to correct your mistake and learning how to be a productive citizen. The Jefferson County Teen Court program in partnership with the United […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Texas Investigator found 30+ Bruises, Cuts on Dead Boy Adopted from Russia, CNN A 3-year-old adopted boy — whose death in West Texas has drawn stern criticism from Russia — had more than 30 bruises, cuts and other marks on his body soon after he was pronounced dead, according to a report from a Texas […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

When Bullying Goes High-Tech, CNN Brandon Turley didn’t have friends in sixth grade. He would often eat alone at lunch, having recently switched to his school without knowing anyone. While browsing MySpace one day, he saw that someone from school had posted a bulletin — a message visible to multiple people — declaring that Turley […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Supreme Court says Overseas Custody Fight can Continue, CNN The Supreme Court gave unanimous support to an American father’s court fight to regain custody of his daughter living overseas, saying the case is still active even if the child is out of the country. This decision could establish important precedent on the discretion of U.S. […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Opens Door for Michigan Juvenile Lifers, ABC News All Michigan inmates serving no-parole sentences for murder committed as juveniles are entitled to a chance at release, a judge said Wednesday, declaring that a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision applies retroactively. The decision by U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara trumps a ruling last fall […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Indiana Can’t Kick Sex Offenders off Social Media, Court Says, CNN Indiana can’t kick all registered sex offenders off instant messaging services, chat rooms or social networking sites like Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The state passed a law in 2008 that was aimed at keeping predators from trolling the Internet for new […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Justice:  Changes Made in Laws Affecting Youths, Midland Daily News It’s been years in the making, but now some big changes have been made to laws pertaining to juveniles in court. “The predominant push is the idea that we need to have laws that are geared to juveniles,” Midland County Probate Judge Dorene S. […]

Wednesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

In Juvenile Detention, Girls Face Health Care Designed for Boys, Gant Daily Over the past decade, Leslie Acoca, who founded and directs the National Girls Health and Justice Institute, has visited dozens of juvenile detention centers across the country, researching the health care given to girls in the facilities. Her work has yielded a surprising […]