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The Texas Juvenile Justice Department is making great changes, and 17-year-olds should benefit too

Thanks to changes by Camille Cain, executive director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, children housed in youth justice facilities now get proper sleep and healthy snacks throughout the day. In addition to promoting healthy child development, "These changes also set the stage for future initiatives aimed at helping youth learn to regulate their own emotions, responses and behaviors," Cain said in a press release.

Read the entire article at the Dallas Morning News

WE CAN’T STOP BEATING THE DRUM ON “RAISE THE AGE”

On July 16th,  Texas Criminal Justice Coalition's Policy Attorney, Lindsey Linder, traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to attend the National Juvenile Justice Network’s annual conference. While there she joined dozens of people from around the country who had gathered to hold a vigil in honor of Niecey Fennell, a 17-year-old girl who died while being held in the adult detention center.

Read the entire article on the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition's blog

“They’re just setting those babies up for the penitentiary”: How minor offenses feed overcrowding at Houston youth jail

Across Texas, kids are getting into less trouble with the law even though the state population is exploding. So why is Harris County's juvenile detention center bursting at the seams? 

Read the rest of this article The Texas Tribune.

 

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