Tag Archives: juvenile justice

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 […]

Sunday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Timberlake: For a new judge, different outlook on juvenile court, Southtown Star, Illinois Fortunately, that lack of options has changed. The counties in my circuit were one of the four pilot areas for a new state program, Redeploy Illinois, in exchange for our promise to send 25 percent fewer young people to the prison system. […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

New Initiative Seeks to Keep Juveniles Out of Trouble by Keeping Them Out of Jail, The Inquirer WITH THE NUMBER of juveniles arrested in Philadelphia dropping to its lowest point since 2007, the city and youth advocates are working to ensure that children who commit minor offenses are helped back on the right path. Philadelphia […]

Wednesday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

A New Mexico Policeman Tasered a 10-year-old Child, Courthouse News Service A New Mexico policeman Tasered a 10-year-old child on a playground because the boy refused to clean his patrol car on career day, the boy claims in court. The complaint states that the Defendant asked a group of boys “who would like to clean […]

Thursday’s Children & the Law News Roundup

Feds:  Mississippi Officials Violate Juveniles’ Rights, The Washington Times The Justice Department has targeted Mississippi in a federal lawsuit alleging that the due process rights of children “repeatedly and routinely” are violated when arrested for minor offenses, accusing officials of operating a “school to prison pipeline” that singles out blacks and juveniles with disabilities. The […]

BREAKING: New Texas Juvenile Justice Department Executive Director Removes Two Top Officials

From the Austin-American Statesman: The just-arrived head of the troubled Texas Juvenile Justice Department today removed two top officials from their jobs, in what he hinted might be the first of several moves to change the agency’s course. One of the two officials who lost their jobs — James Smith, the deputy director of state […]

Tuesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Visa offers path for immigrant youth in state care, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Maria Boudet has no memory of Mexico or how she came to the United States. What she does remember is the year she turned 16 and found out she was […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Expelling Zero Tolerance: Reforming Texas School Discipline for Good, Texas Public Policy Foundation Grits for Breakfast reports on the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s new report that shows Texas zero tolerance policies needlessly cost taxpayers money while having little effect on student […]

Sunday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: Texas Districts Flagged for Suspending Students With Disabilities, Education Week Disability Rights Texas has flagged 30 districts for disproportionately using out-of-school suspensions to punish students with disabilities. Based on data from the Texas Education Agency, the group said that in these […]

Texas Juvenile Justice Department Appoints New Director

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) has hired a new executive director: Michael Griffiths, the highly regarded retired director of Dallas County’s juvenile justice program, was hired this afternoon as the new executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. The vote was 7-6. Griffiths, who served on the governor’s State Juvenile Justice Task Force […]

Are Texas Juvenile Correctional Facilities Improving?

The Austin-American Statesman reported last week on a survey of Texas youth offenders that shows that more juveniles are feeling safer in state-run facilities. The report also shows that additional reforms must be implemented. A survey of more than 100 youths at a Central Texas juvenile correctional facility demonstrates the need for more reforms in […]

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Cases Challenging Juvenile Life Sentences Without Chance of Parole

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the constitutionality of sentencing minors convicted of murder to life in prison without a chance for parole. The two cases are Miller v. Alabama (Case No. 10-9646) and Jackson v. Hobbs (Case No. 10-9647). SCOTUSblog has provided a comprehensive background and analysis of both […]