Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Check out this short video Talking Justice: Talking Sense, by the Penal Reform Trust in the U.K.: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/TalkingJustice

Juvenile Justice Reforms Should Incorporate Science of Adolescent Development, Medicalexpress.com

Legal responses to juvenile offending should be grounded in scientific knowledge about adolescent development and tailored to an individual offender’s needs and social environment, says a new report from the National Research Council. Accountability practices should not be carried over from criminal courts to juvenile courts; in particular, confinement should be used only in rare circumstances such as when a youth poses a high risk of harming others.
The Chicago study researching the lives of juvenile offenders will be a tremendous boon to policy makers, law enforcement officials and anyone interested in the well-being of youths involved with the juvenile justice system, undoubtedly providing rich clues to how we can secure better futures not just for these youths but for society as a whole.

The West Virginia State Police is getting help from the federal government to combat sexual exploitation of children.  The agency has been awarded more than $275,000 from the Department of Justice‘s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The funding will be used to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute child sexual exploitation cases.

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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