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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…

FREE Webinar: Legal Rights and Needs: How Attorneys Can Help Human Trafficking Victims - July 29 at 1 PM

National and global leaders have called for stronger efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. This program will provide insight for attorneys seeking to support survivors, safeguard their rights, and advocate for consistent government…
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Registration Open: Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate Conference in Seattle, Washington - September 10-13

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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Registration Open: Team Mitigation Institute in Boise, Idaho - August 19-21

Mitigation created by a team of professionals in non capital case is increasingly becoming the standard of practice.   This  bring-your-own-case institute is designed for defense teams to work on the mitigation ifor  a non-capital client.   …
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This Teen Planned a School Shooting. But Did He Break the Law?

It was sunny and cold on Feb. 13, 2018, when 18-year-old Jack Sawyer walked out of Dick's Sporting Goods in Rutland, Vt., with a brand-new pump-action shotgun and four boxes of ammunition. The next day, Valentine's Day, Sawyer took his…
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FREE Webinar: Teams in Capital Cases, or Wouldn't It Just Be Easier If I Did It Myself? - June 19 at 12:00 PM

The focus of this webinar is on teams in capital cases, the evolution of the use of teams, how teams meet the ABA Standards, and how all teams, including noncapital teams, have similar problems Read more and register.
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Who is Florida Man?

THE STORY, HEADLINED “Drunk, shirtless Florida man arrested after shoveling spaghetti in his mouth at Olive Garden,” hit the website of southwest Florida’s NBC-Channel 2 at 11:13am on April 8 this year. The mugshot revealed a scraped…
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Webinar: Effective Interviewing of Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits - June 17 at 2:00 PM

This webinar is the second part of the series "Effective Interviewing of Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits". It builds on the first webinar which focused on the theories of adult antisocial behavior and how these diagnostic features…
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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 Cost of Caring for Mentally Ill Inmates

State spending on mental health care for prison inmates has nearly quadrupled in the past two decades. Expenditures on the Colorado Department of Corrections’ “mental health subprogram” increased from about $4.4 million in fiscal…
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Florida Prisons Targeted Over Solitary Confinement

Florida’s prison system is “widely overusing” the practice of solitary confinement to manage inmates, sometimes locking them up in cells that are no bigger than a parking spaces over often-minor infractions, according to Shalini Goel Agarwal,…

Deadly Force Mindset as Justifiable Defense Questioned

The science of neurobiology and neuropsychology used to defend officers in shooting incidents has been described as arbitrary at best. Many experts contend there simply is not enough peer-reviewed material to substantiate it as an exculpatory…
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Search for Mental Health Care Ends Tragically at Florida Jail

County jails are ill equipped to care for people with mental health issues. That fact was not known to Vicki Futch, 80, when she called Florida’s Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) for help because her son, Gregory Allan Futch, 54,…