Ohio Senate Seeks Ban on Life Without Parole for Juveniles
Ohio made a strong move Wednesday toward becoming the 24th state to ban sentences of life without parole for crimes committed when the defendant was a juvenile.
The handful or two of people already serving such sentences in Ohio, and a number of others serving de facto life sentences, could be eligible for parole if the bill is passed by the Ohio House and signed into law.
Missouri Tigers Football Players Tackle Foster Care Prevention
This weekend’s football season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide hasn’t been the only thing on the minds of the Missouri Tigers of late.
U.S. Appeals Court: Retaining Unfounded Abuse Reports in Database Is Justified
A federal appellate court ruled late last week that Los Angeles County did not violate a man’s due process and privacy rights when it retained a closely held record of unfounded allegations of child sexual abuse against him – without providing him notice or an opportunity to challenge the allegations.
National Center for Youth Law Hires New Deputy Director
The National Center for Youth Law is bringing in a longtime fighter for child, youth and community justice as the Oakland, California-based organization’s second in command.
Shakti Belway, a graduate of Stanford University’s law school like the center’s director, Jesse Hahnel, brings with her deep experience in community law, litigation, direct representation, policy development, legislative reform and strategic mobilization.
Residential Care Giant Devereux Hires ex-U.S. Attorney General Lynch to Audit Child Safety Practices
One of the nation’s largest residential care providers announced last week it has hired former U.S.
Feds, Foundations Look to Push Child Welfare Systems Upstream
The U.S. Children’s Bureau is spearheading a partnership aimed at reducing the use of child removals and addressing racial and socioeconomic inequities in child welfare.
The stated goal of “Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being” is to “move from traditional, reactive child protection systems to those designed to support child and family well-being and prevent child maltreatment and unnecessary family separations,” according to a statement announcing the partnership today.
What Do Schools Report to CPS? One State’s Experience
The vast majority of reports of child abuse and neglect emanate from adults outside a child’s family or neighborhood. Most calls come from so-called “mandated reporters,” who are required to disclose any concerns about child safety with protection officials.
Pilot Programs Aim to Boost Future Parents’ Sense of Responsibility
Eight states are developing pilot programs to educate young expecting parents about their responsibilities, including how to manage their finances, emotions and relationships.
The grant money for the programs will come from the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.
The ‘Transfer Tax’: A Novel Attempt To Keep Youth Out of Adult Court
The days are numbered for California’s state-run juvenile justice system, as both the governor and legislature have gotten behind its closure. One piece of the sunsetting plan being discussed by lawmakers might be of interest to advocates and policymakers in other places, because it addresses an issue germane to all states: the transfer of youth into adult court and, potentially, adult jail and prison.