Tag Archives: juvenile law

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Boy Scouts Delay Decision on Policy Excluding Gays, Houston Chronicle Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it’s likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting. The delay, which […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Juvenile Drug Court Re-instituted in W. Ky., WDRB.com Officials in western Kentucky are working together to restart a juvenile drug court. Daviess County Attorney Claud Porter told the Messenger-Inquirer that the city of Owensboro and the county have each agreed to put up $88,000 annually to fund the program, which was discontinued by the state […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Here’s a look at today’s top stories affecting children’s rights, juvenile justice, and education: New Jersey Appeals Court Says Juveniles Entitled to Hearing Before Being Moved to Adult Prison, NorthJersey.com The decision strikes down a state administrative regulation that allowed officials to move some juvenile offenders to adult prisons without even notifying them of the […]

More Analysis on Today’s Alabama v. Miller Decision

Ellen Marrus is the George Butler Research Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Professor Marrus also serves as Director of UH’s Center for Children, Law & Policy and Director of the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. She received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of San Francisco and her LL.M. from Georgetown […]

Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles Found Unconstitutional

Today, Justice Kagan’s opinion for the Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs (Arkansas) was announced.  The Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits mandatory sentencing of life in prison without parole for juveniles.  This is a great step in understanding that children are different and less mature than adults and deserve […]

Harris County Chief Juvenile Public Defender Discusses The Challenges of Establishing A New Urban PD’s Office

Several weeks ago, Steven Halpert, Juvenile Division Chief for the new Harris County Public Defender’s (PD) Office, spoke at the University of Houston Law Center. The discussion was co-sponsored by the University of Houston’s Center for Children, Law & Policy and three other student groups. During the hourlong lunch event, Mr. Halpert discussed the challenges […]

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 […]