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Dealing with children in trouble, The Washington Times

Since officials in Cook County, Illinois established the nation’s first juvenile courts 117 years ago, efforts to deal with children in trouble with the law have taken dozens of forms. Some have been too harsh; others too lenient.

First-ever human rights action plan launched, International The News

After National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism, the federal government on Thursday announced the first-ever ‘Action Plan for the Improvement of Human Rights in Pakistan’ aimed at protection and promotion of human rights in the country . . . [“]For children, the government will review Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000, ensure implementation of Article 25-A of the constitution, prohibit child labour, enforce laws for protection of children.”

State changes communication policies with Wisconsin counties following Lincoln Hills allegations, The Capital Times

Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections says it has changed how agency officials communicate with counties statewide following allegations of abuse and misconduct at Lincoln Hills, the state’s highest security prison for boys.

Budget outlay for children show steady fall, The Economic Times

India is home to about 442 million children — that constitute 39% of the country’s population — but receive less than 3.26% of the budget.

It’s Time for Courts to Advance Zero Suicide, Huffpost Healthy Living

[A]ll public-private health systems should make suicide prevention a core component . . . This must include the court system where matters of mental health, trauma, and substance disorders are daily addressed by judges in collaboration with social service providers.

No Throwaway Kids, Huffpost Crime

Candidates emphasize how young people are our future, that we should listen to them and consider them as we think about the direction our country is headed in. But they rarely ever talk about that same promise in America’s 54,000 young people who live in youth prisons or other type of residential placement on any given day. These young people have untapped promise too, but it’s near impossible for them to explore their potential through confinement.

Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

About Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz

Rocío Rodríguez Ruiz is a second year student at the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). Rocío received her B.A. from Agnes Scott College. Before entering law school, she taught middle school history at D.M. Sauceda in Donna, Texas with Teach For America. After completing her corps service, she taught at KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls, where she designed the curriculum for her non-fiction studies class. Rocío then taught mathematics for two additional years at HISD’s Jane Long Academy. She interned at the federal courthouse this past summer. At UHLC, Rocío is involved with the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Houston Law Review, and serves as a mentor for the Pre-Law Pipeline Program.

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