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When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
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A Boy Among Men: What Happens When You Throw a Teenager into an Adult Prison? Guess.

Three years ago, the young man who would later be known as John Doe 1 shuffled into the Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, Michigan. The town of 11,000 residents, which sits in the remote center of the state, houses five prisons,…
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Case of Intellectually Disabled Teen Falsely Accused of Sex Offense Reveals Registry Flaws - The Appeal

Before Edgar Coker was exonerated in a rape case, he underwent therapy meant to prevent sexual reoffenses. Thousands of kids involved in sexual offenses are forced into therapies like “relapse prevention” that experts say are ineffective. Read…
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Can Children and Adolescents Really Suffer from a Mental Illness?

By Sophia F. Dziegielewski, Ph.D., LCSW   It surprised many when Paula Caplan, a clinical and research psychologist wrote in The Washington Post that about half of all Americans can expect to get a psychiatric diagnosis in their lifetime…
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Webinar: Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller - September 27 at 2:00 PM

Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller September 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes Webinar Faculty Jill Pasquarella, Supervising Attorney, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights About the Webinar The…
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Early Start Times for High School: Orange Candidates Say It's Time for Change - The Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to listening, members of the Orange County School Board can be less responsive than a corpse. Especially on starting times for high schools. For years, parents have told school officials the same thing experts have — that…
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Registration Open: Defender Summer School, August 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2018 Defender Summer School, hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Speakers Prof. Denis Keyes, Professor of Education, College of Charleston Dr. I. Bruce Frumkin,…
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FREE Webinar: Philosophy of the Tribal Juvenile Justice System - June 14 at 2:00 PM

The course will be presented by the Hon. Pat Sekaquaptewa with guest presenter Lauren van Shilfgaarde. The course will provide participants an introductory instructional experience to support development or enhancement of Tribal juvenile justice…
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In the “Making a Murderer” Case, the Supreme Court Could Help Address the Problem of False Confessions - The New Yorker

Lawyers for Brendan Dassey, whose case is featured in Making a Murderer, have filed petitions with the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more. Briefs Petition for Writ of Ceriorari Respondent's Brief in Opposition Petitioner's Reply Brief Amicus…
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The Connecticut Experiment: Young brains are still evolving. One prison is trying to take advantage of that - The Marshall Project

A Connecticut prison is piloting a new rehabilitation program in which older prisoners mentor younger offenders. Read more.
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FREE Parenting Webinars, April 16-26

Over the next two weeks, Parenting Beyond Punishment will be hosting several seminars listed below. Monday, April 16th 10:30 AM Using Your Longterm Goals to Guide Your Everyday Parenting Decisions - Join Dr. Joan Durrant, Robbyn Peters…