Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Round Up

Imprisoned Teens Found More Likely to Re-Offend, The Florida Times Union

A new report out of the Pew Research Center shows that children and teenagers locked up for breaking the law have become 6 percent more likely to commit another crime than they were in 2003.

Lawyer Challenges Death Reporting Law in South Dakota, Associated Press

A defense lawyer for a South Dakota woman charged under the state’s new child death reporting law says it’s unconstitutional because it violates his client’s right against self-incrimination.

It’s one of the first attempts to question the validity of the new child death reporting laws that have been passed by several state legislatures following the high-profile death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida.

Federal Hearing into Juvenile Treatment Opens,

TAMPA – Lawyers for the Southern Poverty Law Center are trying to persuade a federal judge to halt what they say are abusive practices aimed at juvenile inmates at the Polk County Jail, including the use of pepper spray.

The SPLC argued that pepper spray is widely used at the jail and has created unsafe conditions for juvenile inmates.

The civil rights group is seeking a preliminary injunction to temporarily ban the use of pepper spray on juveniles. A hearing started Monday and is scheduled to last all week at the Sam Gibbons United States Courthouse in Tampa.

Lisa Steffek

About Lisa Steffek

Lisa Steffek is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. Lisa completed her Bachelors, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Texas in Human Development and Family Sciences. As an undergraduate, Lisa worked as a research assistant studying child attachment. Lisa also worked for several years at The Settlement Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescent females. Most of the girls at The Settlement Home had been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services, and Lisa worked with the girls to teach them life-skills and provided psychological treatment to prepare them for adulthood and the transition to foster homes. Lisa also worked for six years in various academic capacities at the University of Texas, including an undergraduate teaching assistant, graduate research assistant, and undergraduate writing consultant. Lisa has presented papers regarding human development at various academic conferences in the states and abroad, and has had her writing published in an international, academic journal.

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