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Explained: Wisconsin’s youth prison scandal

Explained: Wisconsin’s youth prison scandal | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Catch up with the saga that's raised broader questions about Wisconsin's oversight of state prisons
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Family Court ~ A Bizarre System Encourages Parents To Use Disturbing Tactics

Family Court ~ A Bizarre System Encourages Parents To Use Disturbing Tactics | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld points out that there is no way to test definitively whether children of divorced parents were already more likely to experience such outcomes. And as Stephanie Coontz, a historian and the author of “Marriage, a History,” explains, what’s most critical is the high-conflict environment that kids grew up in before their parents separated.

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Want to Keep Kids Out of Foster Care? Vote for Gentler Criminal Justice Laws — Pacific Standard

A new study finds associations between states’ criminal justice and welfare laws.
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The runaways of the ArkLaTex

The runaways of the ArkLaTex | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
    It's an issue affecting so many families across our nation and right here in the ArkLaTex. We're talking about run away kids and teens. The issue doesn't really resonate with people until it ha...
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Teen Charged With Murder After Sister, 10, Found in Field

Teen Charged With Murder After Sister, 10, Found in Field | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
A Florida teen has been charged with the murder of his 10-year-old sister, whose body was found in a field, police said Sunday.
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Egypt Sentences 4-Year-Old to Life in Prison for Murder

Egypt Sentences 4-Year-Old to Life in Prison for Murder | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
(MiddleEastEye) An Egyptian military court has reportedly sentenced a four-year-old boy to life in prison after finding him guilty of committing murder at the age of two. Ahmed Mansour Karni was reportedly convicted in absentia earlier this week in a mass trial in Western Cairo on …
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Juvenile Law passed: Finally, netas unite for Nirbhaya

The historic changes to the Juvenile Justice law were passed by Parliament today. One key amendment is that now the Juvenile Justice Board can decide whether juveniles in 16 to 18 age group should be tried as adults in cases of heinous crimes. On The Buck Stops Here, we debate: what does this mean for the idea of justice? And whether this law has been pushed by "mob pressure", as some child rights activists are saying?
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Prison Is No Place for Kids: An Interview with Author Jean Trounstine

Prison Is No Place for Kids: An Interview with Author Jean Trounstine | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
In recent years a question has presented itself amongst criminal justice circles: Should juvenile offenders be treated as kids or adults? This question seems to be increasingly important as in
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Couple Believe They Saw Wetterling Suspect On Night Of Disappearance

Couple Believe They Saw Wetterling Suspect On Night Of Disappearance | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
A Sauk Centre couple is speaking out for the first time in 26 years to say they believe the suspicious man they saw at a Tom Thumb gas station three hours before Jacob Wetterling was abducted could be Danny Heinrich. Kevin and Marlene Gwost are members of one of Minnesota's best known polka bands, the Nite Owls.
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Children living in detention on Nauru create a Facebook page

Children living in detention on Nauru create a Facebook page | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Children being held at the Nauru Detention Centre have created a Facbook account to expose the 'shameful living conditions' and communicate their stories with the Australian people.

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DA confirms 8-year-old accused of toddler's murder won't be charged as an adult

DA confirms 8-year-old accused of toddler's murder won't be charged as an adult | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
The 8-year-old boy charged with the murder of a 1-year-old girl "is not and will not be charged as an adult," District Attorney Brandon Falls confirmed in a statement about the case on Thursday.
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Why is Robert Lee no longer acting on behalf victims of Child Welfare in a Class Action Lawsuit?

Why is Robert Lee no longer acting on behalf victims of Child Welfare in a Class Action Lawsuit? | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
A question was posed online about the circumstances surrounding the absence of barrister & solicitor, Robert Lee, who had initiated and was handling the Class Action Child Welfare Suit. An explanation was published by a reporter on the Edmonton Journal Facebook page on November 10, 2015,  but later a corrected version was issued.  Apparently, perception of events had been previously misunderstood and are now better clarified: 
 
 
 
 
Mark SmithWhy was lawyer Lee removed from the case by the courts in 2009?
 
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Velvet MartinWe would all like Justice Thomas to answer that question.
 
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Edmonton Journal - Paula SimonsAh, I had to glide over that part for reasons of space in the paper. (I've just made a slight change to the online version to provide more context.) The short version? Lee didn't have a lot of experience with class action law suits, which were relatively new in Alberta, so he brought it other lawyers to work with him. They developed what you might politely call irreconcilable difference. Justice Denny Thomas reassigned the case to an Ontario firm that specialized in class action lawsuits and had a reputation for handling them well.
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Edmonton Journal - Paula SimonsI've heard this afternoon from Robert Lee, who didn't feel that my answer was fair to him. So let me post part of his letter to me here for context about his disagreement with his original co-counsels: "The Court records will show that the reason why I was removed was because the representative plaintiffs and I developed a difference in opinion with Mr. Docken and Mr. Klein.

Mr. Klein and Mr. Docken wanted to try to settle the case over the objections of the representative plaintiffs. Despite the representative plaintiffs wanting me to continue on the case, the Judge removed me from the case, rather than Mr. Klein and Mr. Docken. About 4 days later the representative plaintiffs fired Mr. Klein and Mr. Docken. Justice Thomas was told that Mr. Docken and Mr. Klein were fired, but Mr, Klein and Mr. Docken continued to act on behalf of the representative plaintiffs after they were fired.

Since I was removed, I assisted the representative plaintiffs to find new lawyers. I put the representative plaintiffs in touch with Jeffrey Poole and the Mckenzie Lake firm, who agreed to work with me and take over the case. It took two Appeals to the Court of Appeal by the representative plaintiffs and about another 6 to 9 months, but eventually the Representative Plaintiffs were able to go to Court and get Mr. Docken and Mr. Klein removed from the case and to have the McKenzie Lake firm take over the file.

Therefore, I believe that your public posting puts me in an unfavourable light and is not accurate. The clients fired Mr. Docken and Mr. Klein. Justice Thomas did not fire them."
 
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Mark Smith(thanks)

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Beware Child Protective Services: What Victims, Advocates, and Mandated Reporters Need to Know

By Women's Justice Center

Note: Throughout this text the terms Child Protective Services (CPS) and Child Welfare Agencies are used interchangeably.

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There Are Still 80 ‘Youth Prisons’ in the U.S. Here Are Five Things to Know About Them

There Are Still 80 ‘Youth Prisons’ in the U.S. Here Are Five Things to Know About Them | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
They’re harsh, dangerous and isolated — and may be around for a while.
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Cost the 'Elephant in the Room' For Treating Kids' Mental Illness

Cost the 'Elephant in the Room' For Treating Kids' Mental Illness | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Experts say Texas must increase funding for kids' mental health treatment to ensure integrated care that keeps them out of the juvenile justice system.
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Officials Track Child Social Media to "Punish" Students for Inappropriate Posts Made Out of School

Officials Track Child Social Media to "Punish" Students for Inappropriate Posts Made Out of School | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
This move by Huntsville officials is part of a larger national movement of monitoring children on social media.

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Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others' hand

Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others' hand | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Experts call Illinois' felony murder rule unfair to minors, cite case of Justin Doyle, who was charged with murder after friend died in botched burglary.
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Minnesota thought it locked up 700 sex offenders for life — it was wrong

Minnesota thought it locked up 700 sex offenders for life — it was wrong | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Among Craig Bolte's earliest memories is a night of camping in his grandparents' backyard in Billings, Montana. He is three years old. The heat is suffo...
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Cuomo Moves to Pardon Former Youthful Offenders

Cuomo Moves to Pardon Former Youthful Offenders | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said the plan was part of a larger push toward helping nonviolent offenders assimilate back into society.
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Raise the Minimum Age a Juvenile Can Be Tried as an Adult to 21

Research in psychology and neurobiology confirms that young people’s brains are not fully formed even in their mid-20s. By Vincent Schiraldi.
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No jail time for teen who killed Const. Garrett Styles

No jail time for teen who killed Const. Garrett Styles | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
A young man who ended up a quadriplegic when he drove and killed York Regional Police Const. Garrett Styles is already suffering in his own prison and so will not go to jail, a judge ruled Monday.

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Meagan Olsen's comment, November 22, 2015 11:42 PM
I’m not sure if I agree with what happened in this article. I don’t think it is fair that this boy didn’t have any kind of punishment for killing an officer. It doesn’t matter if he meant to or not, the fact that he is basically not going to jail because of the fact that he is handicap is a tough ethical decision to make. I am not sure if it is okay that the reason he didn’t go to prison is because the judge thought he was already inprisionated in his own body by being in a wheel chair all his life. Lots of people are in wheel chairs but they don’t kill anyone.
Dana Hoffman's comment, November 24, 2015 9:00 AM
I too am going to agree with you on this same insight on this article. I understand that a childs brain doesnt fully develop until they reach the age of 24 years, however the judges decisions and why are just ridiculous. He has basically set the stage for anyone who is in a wheelchair might be able to commit this same crime with no consequences.
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An 8th-grader wrote this horrifying letter about abuse he is experiencing at his middle school

An 8th-grader wrote this horrifying letter about abuse he is experiencing at his middle school | Juvenile Justice Issues , Advocacy, missing persons | Scoop.it
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Child protection figures released - Marilyn Stowe Blog

The Department for Education (DfE) has released a report on the number of children under protection plans throughout the country.


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