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Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Solitary Confinement for Florida Children in Juvenile Detention

More than 4,300 Florida children in juvenile detention centers spent time in solitary confinement over a 12-month period through June 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That is almost one in three of all children serving…
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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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Sheriff to End Solitary Confinement for Teens at Palm Beach County Jail Under Settlement

Young offenders called it “the box.” It’s where their world at the Palm Beach County jail shrank to a 6-by-12 foot cell — for months. In solitary confinement, no music was allowed. No television. No human contact. Read more.
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Tyler Hadley Resentencing: Mental Health Experts for Defense Argue Hadley Can Be Rehabilitated

"I’ve never seen anything like this in all my 30 years of practice,” a psychiatrist testified at Tyler Hadley’s resentencing Wednesday, referring to the 17-year-old killer's lack of violent history — until the day he killed his parents…
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Lanadieal Ashe Resentenced to 40 Years for 1995 Murder in Five Star Food Store Robbery - Treasure Coast Newspapers

For the first time in 22 years, Lanadieal Ashe faced Aslam "Ozzie" Hussain, the brother of the man she killed when she was 17, during her resentencing hearing. Ashe is serving a life prison term for fatally shooting 25-year-old Tariq Hussain…
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"We the Defenders": National Association for Public Defense Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates Conference - November 26-29

"We the Defenders": National Association for Public Defense Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates Conference These conferences will feature nationally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and…
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For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out for Group Therapy - NPR

Some schools have begun adopting The Resilience Builder Program, which teaches students how to manage emotions and stress. Read more.       Photo by Hichem Deghmoum from Pexels.
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Severe Bullying in Childhood May Hike Teen Mental Health Risk - PsychCentral

A new study has found that children who were severally bullied are at a higher risk of mental health issues during adolescence. Read more.
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The Teenage Brain: Child Mind Institute Issues New Report on Teenage Mental Health - Markets Insider

This week, the Child Mind Institute released its 2017 Children's Mental Health Report, which includes analysis of why adolescent brain development creates a high-risk period of impulsive behaviors and the onset of mental health and substance…