Another Friday rolls around, so quickly it seems.
The Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania published “A Snapshot of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws: A Survey of the United States,” which is a good overview of the federal legislation and how the states, including Indiana, have complied. To date, Indiana has not complied fully with the Adam Walsh Act (SORNA – Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act). Indiana still allows the juvenile court to use discretion as to whether a child should be placed on the registry, after treatment is completed and following a hearing on the motion to place the child on the registry. IC 11-8-8-4.5(b).
Thanks to Cara Wieneke, a fellow public defender, for suggesting “The Anatomy of Violence: the Biological Roots of Crime” by Adrian Raine. It discusses the biological changes that occur in the brain that can lead one to violence. These changes apparently begin in childhood.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention offers disproportionate minority contact (DMC) tools and resources. Indiana’s DMC Contact and resources are available at the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, Youth Division.
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is chock full of information this week to be perused, including “Ten Years After a Landmark Study, Progress and Challenges in Mental Health Treatment for Nation’s Confined Youth.”
Campaign for Youth Justice released “Family Comes First: A Workbook to Transform the Justice System by Partnering with Families” advocating for a movement to recognize that the child’s family may be one of the key experts about the child’s needs when determining rehabilitation services.
Please consider writing a letter in support of early appointment of counsel for juveniles in delinquency cases in Indiana. See the link near the top of the page under the illustration, where you will find an FAQ sheet and sample letters. The deadline for comments is June 5, 2013. Every voice counts.