Tag Archives: juvenile law

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 […]

Outside the Box Punishments

On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, an Oklahoma District Court Judge sentenced a seventeen year old to 10 years of church, as punishment for manslaughter.  The stipulation was part of a 10-year deferred sentence based on the guilty plea. This particular judge is well known for requiring church attendance as part of probation agreements.  Besides the […]

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 […]

Defending with Education

This past summer I was fortunate enough to intern for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Juvenile Division.  There are so many wonderful things they do for their clients, but one of the most impressive things they offer is their Legal Education Advocacy Program.  Lauren Brady Blalock is the Education Lawyer for the program, and […]

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. […]

Do Children Really Understand Their Miranda Rights?

In light of a recent event, in which Ashley, a 10 year old girl was arrested and interrogated for the alleged sexual assault of a 4 year old boy while playing doctor, I have begun to wonder, among other things, “Do children really understand their Miranda rights?” Miranda rights are procedural safeguards under the Constitution’s […]

First Court of Appeals Decision on Certification of Juvenile Offenders

On July 30, 2013, the First Court of Appeals in Houston reversed Cameron Moon’s 2010 murder conviction and 30 year sentence. The Appellate Court found that the juvenile court abused its discretion in waiving jurisdiction and certifying Moon for trial as an adult. Moon was 16 when he was arrested for his crime. The juvenile […]

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

Ohio School Shooter Shows Contempt, No Remorse during Sentencing, CNN Lane’s own lawyer told the court he urged his client not to make the type of statement that the attorney expected to be delivered. But no one could have fully foreseen the actions and words of Lane, who entered the courtroom and removed his blue […]

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

‘More than Able to Hold her Own,’ Girl gets Boot from Catholic Football League, CNN Caroline Pla has been playing football since kindergarten, and for the past two years, the 11-year-old has been knocking opposing players on their butts. It never occurred to her that someone might need to protect her from the sport she […]