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.

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