Monthly Archives: September 2012

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

My most recent column, published by Youth Today: Growing up, I lived a short bike ride away from my grandmother.  An elementary school reading teacher, she was always a source of stability for me. When I would go to her … Continue reading

Posted in Clinical Legal Education, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Law Schools, Law Students | 3 Comments

National Girls Center Releases Findings from Listening Sessions

OJJDP’s National Girls Institute (NGI) has released “Voices From the Field: Findings From the NGI Listening Sessions.” Stakeholders—at-risk or justice system-involved girls, parents and caregivers, and practitioners—who attended listening sessions that NGI held across the nation informed the report. The … Continue reading

Posted in Delinquency, Gender, Juveniles, Reports | Comments Off

When Children Kill Other Children

My latest column, published via Youth Today: Last week there was yet another  heartbreaking report of a child killing another child.  This time the news came from Jacksonville, Florida.  Cristian Fernandez is accused of beating to death his two-year-old half brother, David, when he … Continue reading

Posted in Juveniles, Rehabilitation, Sentencing | 8 Comments

Kids in the System

I started this blog a few months ago, thinking that there wasn’t really anything quite like it among law blogs…and I don’t think there is.  There are, however, lots of amazingly great (non-“legal”) blogs out there that address issues of … Continue reading

Posted in Blogosphere, Books, Race, Class, Ethnicity | 3 Comments

Delinquent by Reason of Poverty — Take Two

  Recently I was in juvenile court with a 10 year-old client.  The charge?  Assault.  The factual basis?  Hitting his sister.  The reason we were in court?  Probation violation.  The basis for the violation?  Failing to complete community service. Yes, … Continue reading

Posted in Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Reports | 2 Comments

“Children are Different”: Culpability and the Mandatory Sentencing of Juveniles after Miller v. Alabama & Jackson v. Hobbs

The title of this post is the title of the 2012 Symposium of The University of Minnesota’s Journal of Law & Inequality.  It will be held on Thursday, October 4, and it looks great. Find out more and register here. Here … Continue reading

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Taking the Time to Make Juvenile Court Work

The title of this post is the title of my latest op-ed at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  It opens like this: A couple of weeks ago, I was in juvenile delinquency court and as often happens, a particular case … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Sentencing | 3 Comments

Meridian Struggles with School-to-Prison Allegations

The title of this post is the title of an excellent article by Maggie Lee at Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, which follows up on the stunning Department of Justice report issued last month on the Mississippi school district. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Delinquency, Education, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Reports, School to Prison Pipeline, State Laws | 1 Comment

What You May Have Missed

With the academic year now in full swing at the law school where I teach, I’ve been swamped — classes, juvenile court appearances, faculty meetings (!), etc. In reflecting back on the past week or so, I’ve found a bunch … Continue reading

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Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

A first-of-its-kind report released this past Monday, September 10, 2012, details how the juvenile justice system does more to feed the nation’s vast prison system than to deter or redirect young people from system involvement, and it demonstrates the incredible damage the … Continue reading

Posted in Conditions of Confinement, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, Reports, School to Prison Pipeline, Sentencing | 2 Comments