Weekly Roundup

The Battle Against Prisons for Kids, The Nation

In the two centuries since its formal birth, the juvenile-justice system has changed radically, while youth prisons have hardly changed at all. It’s as if the clock on reform stopped in the turn-of-the century Progressive Era and has only recently started shakily ticking again.

Making Obama’s Last Lap Count for Kids, The Chronicle of Social Change

The president recently initiated a number of policy positions, executive orders, and other concrete actions to rectify long-standing inequities in the [juvenile justice] system and speed critical reform.

Time Out: Group Says Schools Suspend Too Many Students, Seven Days

Parents said they want better communication with the schools when problems begin. They also asked for a reduction in out-of-school suspensions that disrupt student learning and often force parents to stay home from work. . . The push for reforms in Burlington echoes calls for change at the national and state levels. Education policy makers are responding to increasing evidence that serious punishment — and especially encounters with law enforcement — have a criminalizing effect on young people, a phenomenon known as the “school-to-prison pipeline.”

Leamer: Stop trying Michigan 17-year-olds as adults, The Detroit News

[P]olicymakers are working alongside criminologists and economists to alleviate prison overcrowding, reduce high recidivism, and remedy state and local budget crunches.

But there is one glaring area where Michigan state law lags behind roughly 40 other states — the policy of automatically trying 17-year-olds in the adult court system.

Transform policies into practices and use jobs to fulfill various needs of tribal children, Merinews

The case of rampant child labour in Rajasthan has come to the fore once again, Delhi-based lawyer Shehzad Poonawalla. . . [stated that] even the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has indicated that a large number of children from southern Rajasthan tribal districts, such as Udaipur, Banswara and Dungarpur were being trafficked and sold for work in Gujarat.

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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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