Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

2,000 Minorities Girls Converted to Islam Forcibly:  Report, Pakistan Daily Times

As many as 2,000 women and girls from various minority sects were forcibly converted to Islam through rape, torture and kidnappings, while 161 people were charged with blasphemy in 2011, according to a report by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC).

From Detention Cells to the Stage, CNN

The workshops began about 10 years ago, when Synchronicity raised a production of “Breath, Boom.” The play by Kia Corthron follows girl gangs in the Bronx through decades of violence, manipulation, abuse and emotional warfare, if they survive that long. The show’s cast wanted to reach out to girls in Atlanta, girls they knew were in similar situations, whose real lives were like the ones actors portrayed on stage. They organized a workshop inside a Georgia juvenile detention center, and it only took a day for the theater pros to decide they couldn’t stop then, after just one.

Courts Grappling with Juveniles Life Sentences, Tampa Bay Online, Florida

Prison inmates who committed murder when they were juveniles have a chance to one day walk free because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned automatic life sentences without parole for juvenile killers.

Now the courts have to figure out what to do with about 15 Hillsborough County convicts and hundreds in Florida.

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