Monthly Archives: September 2014

Anti-Shackling Webinar — Unchain the Children

Unchain the Children: Policy Opportunities to End the Shackling of Youth in Court is a webinar presented on October 1, 2014 at 1pm EST to discuss practical, policy, and constitutional reasons to end indiscriminate shackling of youth in juvenile courts. … Continue reading

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How Young is Too Young for Delinquency Court?

On September 22, 2014, public defenders spoke at the meeting of the Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code about the need for new statutes setting the minimum age for juvenile delinquency court jurisdiction.  There are three specific scenarios … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Juvenile Delinquents

Shakespeare Behind Bars sponsors a wide variety of creative programs aimed at youth in the juvenile delinquency system and adults in the criminal court system around the country.  For instance, the Incarcerated Youth at Play program uses the themes in Shakespeare’s plays … Continue reading

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Education for ALL Children!

Article VIII, Section 1 of the Indiana Constitution states: “Knowledge and learning, generally diffused throughout a community being essential to the preservation of a free government; it should be the duty of the General Assembly to encourage, by all suitable … Continue reading

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Elkhart 4 Court of Appeals Decision

On September 12, 2014, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued an opinion on the appeals of Blake Layman and Levi Sparks.  Both were part of the so-called “Elkhart 4” who were convicted of felony murder after one of their friends, Danzele Johnson, was … Continue reading

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Indiana Criminal Law Ethics CLE

On September 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., the Indiana Legislative Services Agency will be presenting a one-hour continuing legal education seminar about Criminal Law Ethics.  The program will be held at the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room 19.  Presenters … Continue reading

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DCS Caseloads Being Scrutinized After Recent Tragedies

As Virginia Black reported in In Wake of Recent Deaths, DCS Still Trying to Hire More Workers, this summer, there have been a number of children around the state who were seriously harmed at the hands of adults.  This, unfortunately, drew attention … Continue reading

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