Children and the Law Posts
Conceptualizing Legal Childhood in the Twenty-First Century
The law governing children is complex, sometimes appearing almost incoherent. The relatively simple framework established in the Progressive era, in which parents had primary authority over children, subject to limited state oversight, has broken down over the past few decades.
October 2019 Council Updates
During its meeting in New York City on October 17 and 18, the ALI Council reviewed drafts for seven Institute projects. Drafts or portions of drafts for six projects received Council approval, subject to the meeting discussion and to the usual prerogative to make nonsubstantive editorial improvements.
San Francisco Joins National Push to Abolish Youth Prisons
It’s happening in Minneapolis. New Jersey. Arkansas. Upstate New York. Durango, Colorado. One by one, juvenile prisons are closing, or are slated to close, in response to child abuse reports, sustained pressure from activists and a halving of national juvenile confinement rates since 2002.
Invisible Stripes: The Problem of Youth Criminal Records
It is common knowledge in American society that persons who have criminal records will have a more difficult path to obtaining legitimate employment. Similarly, conventional wisdom acknowledges the unfortunate fact that young people, on average, are more prone to engage in risky, impulsive, and other ill-advised behavior that might result in brushes with law enforcement authorities.
Caren Harp on the DOJ’s Changing Approach to Juvenile Justice
Caren Harp, a former prosecutor and public defender in Arkansas and a law professor at Liberty University, speaks about her role as Administrator of the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention in a recent LA Times interview.
Children and the Law: Adjudicative Competence in Criminal Proceedings
The following entry is excerpted from the Black Letter and Comments of Tentative Draft No. 2, Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law, Part III–Children in the Justice System; Section 17.20 Adjudicative Competence in Criminal Proceedings.
Children in Schools: Use of Force to Control and Punish
The following entry is excerpted from the Black Letter and Comments from Tentative Draft No. 2, Part II–Children In Schools; Chapter 8–Discipline And Order Maintenance; Topic 1–The Use Of Force In Response To Student Misbehavior; Section 8.10. Use of Force to Control and Punish.
Protecting Children in Criminal Procedures
In this episode of Reasonably Speaking, Juvenile Law Center’s Co-Founder Marsha Levick and Columbia Law Professor Elizabeth Scott discuss the vulnerability of children when they enter the justice system.
Welcome to the Border: Asylum Seekers in the Trump Era
If you believe the rhetoric, the U.S.-Mexico border is a repugnant and dangerous place roiling with unseemly people sneaking into our country, smuggling drugs and escaping law enforcement.
October 2018 Council Updates
During its meeting in New York City on October 18 and 19, the ALI Council reviewed drafts for seven Institute projects. Drafts or portions of drafts for six projects received Council approval, subject to the meeting discussion and to the usual prerogative to make nonsubstantive editorial improvements.