Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

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Groups Split on Juvenile Justice Bill,

Advocates and criminal justice officials are at odds over a bill that could allow counties to bypass community juvenile service boards when applying for grants.

Attorney Seeks Transfer of Murder Case to Juvenile Court,

The attorney for a Lincoln man accused of shooting a man to death in July asked a judge Friday to transfer his murder case to juvenile court. By law, Zachary Neuberger can make the request because he was 17 on July 29, the day he stands accused of shooting 19-year-old Naif Al-Kazahy in the chest with a shotgun in the front yard of a Lincoln home.

Juveniles Get Second Chance With New California Law, CBS News

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that could one day bring the release of some criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison. [The bill] would let the inmates ask judges to reconsider their sentences after they serve at least 15 years in prison. Judges could then reduce the no-parole sentence to 25 years-to-life if the inmate shows remorse and is taking steps toward rehabilitation.

A Dangerous Time For Teen Drug Informants, The Root

Between police and drug dealers, the war on drugs continues, and often it’s the informants who are walking the deadliest path. Police are increasingly using young untrained men and women to tangle with high-level dealers. For some of the families of informants who have died at the hands of criminals, it’s time to take legal action against their local law enforcement.

Florida to Close Controversial Juvenile Detention Center, Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The state of Florida plans to close a large privately-run juvenile offender home that a group of public defenders alleged was rife with problems. Officials say the 154-bed facility’s large size doesn’t match the type of rehabilitation the state is pursuing.

Juvenile Sex Offenders: Locked Up For Life?, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

The juvenile offenders are described by prosecutors as the “worst of the worst”—those likely to commit another sex crime and therefore too dangerous to release. But some mental health experts who specialize in the treatment and risk assessment of juvenile sex offenders say civil commitments raise troubling questions. In many cases, these experts say they cannot reliably predict whether a young person who has committed a sex crime will grow up to become a dangerous sex offender.

Frequency of Kids Sent to Detention Varies Widely, West Hartford News

Juveniles in the Hartford judicial district who break the law are far more likely to be locked in a pre-trial detention center following arrests or referrals than juveniles from the state’s other districts, an analysis of data from the judicial department shows.

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