Entries by Public Defender 9th Circuit

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Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students

Ariella Russcol specializes in drama at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, New York, and the senior’s performance on this April afternoon didn’t disappoint. While the library is normally the quietest room in the school, her ear-piercing screams sounded more like a horror movie than study hall. But they weren’t enough to set off […]

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U.S. Schools Underreport How Often Students Are Restrained or Secluded, Watchdog Says

When students are believed to be a danger to themselves or others, they’re sometimes restrained in school, or isolated in a separate room. These practices, known as restraint and seclusion, are supposed to be a last resort, and they disproportionately affect boys and students with disabilities or special needs. In the past, government officials have said public […]

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Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth

On June 11 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA’s Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth. The webinar will include the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and Staff Safety Coordinator / PREA Coordinator, Colorado Division of Youth Services (DYS); Anders Jacobson, Director for […]

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FREE Webinar: Improving Your Local Juvenile Justice System Through Cross System Collaboration – June 17 at 1:00 PM

This webinar will provide practical examples of how state and local jurisdictions can collaborate across systems, including the juvenile justice, education, and welfare systems, to facilitate successful improvements to their juvenile justice systems. Attendees will hear from experienced OJJDP grantees and TTA providers on best strategies, challenges, and lessons learned in planning and implementing multi-system […]

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Desperation and Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students or Lock Them in Rooms

Every time Jennifer Tidd’s son was secluded or restrained at school, she received a letter from his teachers. Her son has autism and behavioral issues, and over three years — from 2013 to 2016 — Tidd got 437 of those letters. “I see this pile of documents that’s 5 inches tall that represents hundreds of […]

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FREE Webinar: Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth

On June 11 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA’s Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth. The webinar will include the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and Staff Safety Coordinator / PREA Coordinator, Colorado Division of Youth Services (DYS); Anders Jacobson, Director for […]

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Charging 10-Year-Old as Adult in Death of Infant is Not Only Wrong, But Damaging

The decision by Wisconsin to charge a 10-year-old girl as an adult after her actions tragically led to the death of an infant late last year raises serious questions about the status — and progress — of criminal justice reform across the country. Incidents of children this young committing homicide are rare. But when they happen, they rock communities and test our collective […]