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Florida to Require Mental Health Classes in Public Schools Starting in Sixth Grade

Public schools will be required to teach students at least five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade, under a mandate approved by the state Board of Education Wednesday and hailed by Florida's top educator as a “life…
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Registration Open: "We the Defenders" Seattle

These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts.  Participants will have the opportunity to choose sessions to best fit their individual needs.  There…
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Child Baker Act Cases Continue to Climb in Florida

Florida has once again broken the records for the number of people mentally evaluated, involuntarily, under the state’s Baker Act. In May, investigative reporter Karla Ray first exposed that child Baker Act cases have more than doubled…
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FREE Webinar: Solitary Confinement: Legal and Scientific Issues for Children and Young Adults

Scientific research continues to document the impact of solitary confinement on the developing brains of children and young adults. Such confinement can occasion irreversible, even fatal outcomes while producing no consistently positive effects…
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Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities

In 2016, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and Justice Policy Institute launched the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign. The…
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Florida Man Sues After School Resource Officer Taunts Autistic Son

Evan Dowdey was 13 years old and had the cognitive ability of a first-grade student when he threw a book at a teacher in 2017. School resource officer Ural Darling reportedly told Evan that he would be confined to a mental…
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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…
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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…
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FREE Webinar: More Than Half: Brain Injury Among Justice-Involved Youth - June 12 at 2:30 PM

OJJDP’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) proposes to support OJJDP in the development of a webinar to discuss the issue of brain injury and its impact on justice-involved youth. The webinar would provide an overview…
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The Criminogenic and Psychological Effects of Police Stops on Adolescent Black and Latino Boys

Proactive policing, the strategic targeting of people or places to prevent crimes, is a well-studied tactic that is ubiquitous in modern law enforcement. A 2017 National Academies of Sciences report reviewed existing literature, entrenched in…
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ACEs, the Brain, and Learning Workshop - April 5

As a part of the Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series come together to explore community wellness through the integration of the science behind adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma-informed practices, and healing Read more.
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Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing

The Peace and Justice Institute of Valencia College, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Orange County Health Department, along with partners and sponsors, invite you to a conference, Creating a Resilient Community: From Trauma to Healing…