Parents Helping Parents in the System

So often, once a child is put into the juvenile system — whether as a CHINS or a juvenile delinquent — the parents are swept to the side as others make decisions about what is best for the child and ultimately the family.   Continue reading

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Welcoming the 500th Follower!

Today, we crossed a threshold as our 500th follower joined our little group.  I am grateful for each of you, and know that the count is artificially low, as it does not include those who read the blog on LinkedIn, Google+, RSS feed readers, etc.  It has been so fun to meet some of you at conferences, through email, comments, and other means.  Thank you for supporting this adventure and for your interest in my “kids!”

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NACDL Report on Discovery Violations

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) released a report based on a study of discovery violations, “Material Indifference: How Courts are Impeding Fair Disclosure in Criminal Cases,” which was “produced jointly with the VERITAS Initiative at Santa Clara Law School.” Continue reading

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Procedural Justice — Building a Better Experience in Court

Rather than focusing only on the outcome of a juvenile delinquency case, what if the focus was also on the perceived fairness of the process?  The theory of procedural fairness or procedural justice relies on the premise that a person will regard the justice system more favorably if they believe that the process was fair, regardless of the outcome.  Several factors are involved: Continue reading

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Graphic Novels to Education Inmates About Reporting Abuse

The American University Washington College of Law, Project on Addressing Prison Rape, in partnership with Ford and Youth Justice Press, has published a number of graph novels to educate inmates, all of which are available here. Continue reading

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Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code Recommendations for 2015 Legislative Session

The Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code published the minutesfrom the October 6, 2014 meeting, which included several recommendations related to juvenile law: Continue reading

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“The Broken Promise of Brown” Harris Lecture by Julian Bond

On October 15, 2014, Julian Bond presented the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Harris Lecture, “The Broken Promise of Brown,” recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Brown vs. the Board of Education decision.  Video is available here. Continue reading

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Screening and Assessment of Youth in Confinement Webinar

On October 22, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. ET, a webinar “Screening and Assessment of Youth in Confinement” will be presented by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) with the OJJDP National Center for Youth in Custody. Continue reading

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Impacting Our Kids’ Self-Image

I keep mulling over this quote:

“As a child he [Channing Tatum] struggled with A.D.H.D. and dyslexia, was prescribed stimulants and did poorly in school. Continue reading

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Early Appointment of Counsel Implementation Manual

Since this blog started, there have been posts about the need for an early appointment of counsel rule in juvenile delinquency cases, and updates on that rule-making process.  For some background, see the Early Appointment of Counsel page at the top of this site. Continue reading

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