Tag Archives: juvenile detention

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. […]

Friday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Fewer Kids in Illinois Prisons, Illinois Times During the late 1980s and 1990s, Illinois’ youth prisons began filling up rapidly. The tough-on-crime approach that began in the 1960s was at the peak of popularity, and state law reflected it in mandatory minimum sentences and other provisions. From 1985 to 2000, the state’s population of incarcerated […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Two Sister States are Worlds Apart on Juvenile Justice Issues, Social Justice Solutions California and Florida are practically sister states. Both are major tourist destinations and home to numerous celebrities. Aside from that, they have thriving multi-billion dollar agricultural interests with oranges, avocados, etc. jockeying for coveted market share. These states are also remarkably long […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Being Female in a System Designed for Boys, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange NEW YORK — On a recent Friday, 16-year-old Makala woke up and put on yellow skinny jeans and a trim black jacket — a stylish outfit that marked her temporary freedom. [Listen to the audio interview here: Interview with Makala] Until recently, most […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Appeals Court Backs Coaches in Disclosure of Students Sexual Orientation, Education Week A federal appeals court has ruled that two Texas high school softball coaches are immune from a student’s privacy lawsuit because there was no clearly established law barring school officials from discussing a student’s private matters, including her sexual orientation, with the student’s […]

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 […]

Texas Senate Approves Bill to Limit Ticketing Youth

Texas Senate Approves Bill to Limit Ticketing Youth, Education Week Faced with a documented pattern of teenagers pushed into the criminal justice system for acting out in class, Texas lawmakers on Thursday advanced a measure to start decriminalizing youthful misbehavior. The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would limit the practice of issuing tickets for […]

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 […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Clayton juvenile program becomes model for state reform, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Quantavius Poole was a school brawler, a drug dealer, and he was facing five years in juvenile detention. Now, at 17, he is a sous chef for a caterer. He hopes to enlist in the National Guard so he can pay his way through […]