Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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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 progress meeting the conditions of the agreement.

The monitor’s third quarterly report, filed in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, describes a number of other failures, including inadequate staffing, training and programming at the facility. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is urging the facility to make immediate and significant changes to protect the children at Henley-Young from further harm.

“It is outrageous that after reaching a settlement agreement that the staff at Henley-Young feels it is appropriate to allow  deputies into the facility to use a Taser on a youth,” said Corrie Cockrell, SPLC staff attorney. “This incident is a symptom of a facility with a dangerous disregard for the safety of the children in its care.”

Book on Child-Related Laws for Police Launched, Business Recorder

A book launching ceremony held in the Police Training Collage Hangu on Child related laws for police officers/trainees. At the occasion Rahim Hussein CLI PTC, Hangu, while presenting the contents of laws, said that the book contains Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa JJSO Rules 2002, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act 2010, Probation of Offenders Ordinance 1960 and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Borstal Institutions Act 2012.

He said that with collaboration of SPARC, PTC Hangu published 1,000 books, which is now included in the syllabus and will be taught in Local Special Laws. Akbar Ali Shah Programme Manager Juvenile Justice SPARC thanked PTC, Hangu, especially Abdul Waheed Khan Commandant PTC, Hangu for their efforts in making all the way possible for the publication of this book, while addressing to the participants he shared massage of Ms Zarina Jillani Executive Director SPARC as follows;

The importance of effective training of Police is essential to provide and protect human rights in every society. In the case of children it becomes even more crucial considering that both national and international laws require special consideration, care and protection when dealing with them.

Monitor Files Report on Hinds Juvenile Lockup,

A court monitor says the Hinds County juvenile detention center violated a provision in a lawsuit settlement when a stun gun was used on a youth Christmas Day.

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center in 2011. SPLC alleged that children were being denied mental health services and subjected to verbal abuse and threats by staff.

The lawsuit resulted in the settlement agreement, which included an expert, Leonard Dixon, monitoring the facility.

Dixon said in a report dated April 12 that there was no need for a Hinds County deputy to enter the facility and use a stun gun on an unruly inmate.

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