Children and the Law Posts
According to Psych Central, experts are finding that teenagers are far more likely to confess to crimes they didn’t commit compared to adults.
A study’s findings concluded that because they are less capable of making mature decisions, teenagers should not be permitted to make deals where they face a lesser charge in return for pleading guilty.
The Star Tribune recently reported that the Edina school board has settled a lawsuit filed against the school district by five high school students and their parents. The suit alleged the school district violated the students’ First Amendment rights by refusing to sponsor and later disbanding their Young Conservatives Club.
The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a recent ballot initiative aimed at preventing the transfer of juveniles into the adult justice system could be applied retroactively to pending court cases.
New York will no longer treat many 16- and 17-year old offenders as adults.
Closing a Wisconsin teen prison is a decision that’s being applauded by some who say closing Lincoln Hills may help teens. But others warn it’s just the first stop to fixing a broken path in the criminal justice system.
The law regulating children, and their relationships with family and the state, has grown complex. We now grapple with creating a cohesive understanding of the law that balances children’s rights against parental authority and the state’s commitment to support child wellbeing. That is the purpose of this project.
This piece examines the role that concerns about finality have played in both capital cases and juvenile life-without-parole sentencing cases.
A state law that went into effect this year makes juveniles given life sentences eligible for parole after serving 25 years and meeting certain educational requirements. In extreme cases however, district attorneys can block access parole during a new sentencing hearing if the juvenile lifer is considered the “worst of the worst” and unable to be rehabilitated.
The Northwestern District Attorney is working to reform juvenile court in Massachusetts by lobbying the State House to include 18-year-olds in its system.
In the case, S.S. v Colorado River Indian Tribes, the U.S. Supreme Court recently denied a petition for certiorari filed by the Goldwater Institute.
The petition alleges the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law that established standards for the placement of Native American children in foster and adoptive homes, is unconstitutional.