For Everything There is a Season

I launched this blog almost two years ago and today will be my final post. Sometime in March 2015, I am scheduled to be appointed juvenile court magistrate in Wayne Superior Court No. 3. Blogging cannot be part of that new role. So, this blog will be disabled in a few days and fade from view. Continue reading

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National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center

The McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University will house the new National Juvenile Prosecution Center, which will work in collaboration with the University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, the National District Attorneys Association, and the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, and AEquitas. Continue reading

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Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice Journal

The Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice Journal is published four times each year and focuses on juvenile justice and school violence prevention.  It is an interdisciplinary publication with an audience that includes those in the fields of criminal justice, education, psychology, social work, behavior analysis, sociology, public health, and others. Continue reading

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Guide to Quality Practice for Working with Youth in Confinement

The National Partnership for Juvenile Services, the National Institute of Corrections, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention partnered to publish the Desktop Guide to Quality Practice for Working with Youth in Confinement.  The Desktop Guide addresses a wide range of topics including admission practices, mental health and medical care, education, and many more.  The information is broken into two parts:  background principles and concepts and quality practice guidelines.  Each chapter is authored by experts from around the country.

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National Mentoring Resource Center

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has partnered with MENTOR: The National Resource Center.  Many resources are available, which include: Continue reading

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Elkhart 4 Oral Argument – February 26, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court has set the “Elkhart 4” felony murder cases for oral argument on February 26, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.  On that day, the oral argument can be viewed online by going here.  The Court’s summary of the case follows: Continue reading

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HB 1304 — Many Juvenile Topics — Committee Hearing January 28, 2015

HB 1304 is a significant bill in terms of juvenile law this legislative session.  It includes many of the suggested changes from the Interim Study Committee on Criminal Code and Corrections, including: Continue reading

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Courts and Juvenile Justice Webinar – January 28, 2015

On January 28, 2015, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET, the webinar, “Courts and Juvenile Justice,” will be presented by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, in collaboration with the U.S. Continue reading

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SB 46 — Self-defense Circumstances Limited

Senate Bill 46 (2015), if passed, would modify IC 35-41-3-2(g) to further limit when a person is justified in using force against another in self-defense.  The proposed section would not read: Continue reading

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SB 32 (2015) — Minor in Package Liquor Store

Senate Bill 32 (2015), if passed, would amend IC 7.1-5-7-11 to make it “lawful for a minor to be on the licensed premises of a package liquor store if the minor is: (1) employed under [certain circumstances defined at IC 7.1-5-7-13]…; or (2) in the company of the minor’s parent or guardian who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age.”

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Race and Racial Discipline Disparities in Schools

The Discipline Disparities Research to Practice Collaborative, supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies and Open Society Foundations, has published an issue brief — You Can’t Fix What You Don’t Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities by Prudence Carter, Russell Skiba, Mariella Arredondo, and Mica Pollock (December 2014).   Continue reading

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The Full Frame Initiative

As part of the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative, the Full Frame’s Initiative‘s Five Domains of Wellbeing and its application in the Missouri juvenile justice system was recently highlighted as part of a December 18, 2014 webinar.  The Defending Childhood Initiative focuses “on preventing, addressing, reducing, and more fully understanding childhood exposure to violence.” Continue reading

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Legg v. State — Application of Juvenile Alternative Sentencing

In Legg v. State (Ind.Ct.App. December 10, 2014), the appellate court takes the first step to address the limits of the juvenile alternative sentencing statutes.  When IC 31-30-4became law, it was largely in response to the Paul Henry Gingrich case.   Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

Here is hoping that each of you is celebrating whichever holiday fits into your belief system, and relaxing and rejuvenating before the new year gears up.  This blogger has been taking a wee break with the first full week off of the year, so regular posts will resume soon.  Please keep our kids in your thoughts who are removed from their community in detention centers, residential facilities, shelter care facilities, and the department of correction.  They need our support and hope for a better future.

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BJA Right to Counsel Technical Assistance Website

American University, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance have partnered to support a website to “provide technical assistance to public defense providers to promote their enhanced ability to the ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defender System.”  The site includes publications and resources, as well as information about webinars and symposiums. Continue reading

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Reliability of Assault Victim’s Accounts

The Reliability of Assault Victims’ Immediate Accounts: Evidence from Trauma Studies by Melissa Hamilton (Stanford Law & Policy Review, forthcoming) discusses the excited utterance, present sense exception, and statements about mental and medical conditions exceptions to the hearsay rule when the witness has been a victim of interpersonal Continue reading

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ABA Call for Proposals

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law will be hosting back-to-back conferences in Washington, DC in July 2015.  They have issued a call for workshop proposals for both conferences, with a submission deadline of January 12, 2015. Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2014

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things about this past year: Continue reading

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No 2014 Detention Center Inspection Reports Yet

As we near the end of November 2014, the Indiana Department of Correction has yet to post any 2014 inspection reports for the detention centers around the state.  The 2013 inspection report are available here.

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U.N. Convention on the Rights of Children — Time for the U.S.

Twenty-five years ago, on November 20, 1989, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  To date, the only two nations that have not signed and ratified the document are Somalia and the United States. Continue reading

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