An affluent Keller teen who killed four people while driving drunk and stoned on Valium has become the latest object of outrage. Ethan Couch, 16 at the time of the crash, was handed 10 years of probation, which will include a stint at a pricey rehab paid for by his parents. Much of the indignation h ... More >>
The Ethan Couch story is a tough one for me, because you know I always like ragging on rich people. And it seems hard to read District Judge Jean Boyd's sentence any way other than as a get-out-of-jail-free card for a kid whose parents could afford to put him in a high-rent whiskey school. See also ... More >>
This year the Texas legislature approved a measure that requires the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to cut $23 million from its budget and continue paying for five of its six secure facilities by the first day of 2014, meaning that one of those six facilities has to go. To meet those budget goals ... More >>
As the Texas Legislature's special session drones on, the state's lawmakers are grappling with what to do with teenagers -- specifically with 17-year-olds convicted of murder. Last Thursday the Senate approved mandatory life sentencing with parole for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder -- with ... More >>
A new bill introduced in the Texas Senate would allow counties to open their own holding centers for juvenile law-breakers. Teenage offenders are currently held in lockups operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. Senate bill 511, authored by state Senator John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, ... More >>
Each year, a handful of Dallas county teenagers accused of crimes are "certified," meaning they're being charged as adults and will appear in adult criminal court. While they await trial, they sit in Dallas county jail. We've learned that while in jail, these teens are kept in their cells for 23 hou ... More >>
An exhaustive new study has found alarming conditions for Texas teenagers housed in adult jails while awaiting trial, a practice that Dallas and Harris counties use more than anywhere else in the state. In essence, the study found that there's really no good way to keep teens and adults safely in ... More >>
The number of convicts being freed after serving prison time for crimes they didn't commit keeps mounting in Dallas County, with Friday bringing a rare triple exoneration for three men wrongly accused of robbery. On November 17, 1994, five teenagers roamed the parking lot near the Eckerd drugstore ... More >>
A couple of weeks back Texas Appleseed and ACLU of Texas reps were down in Austin asking why oh why do state school districts feel the need to write class C misdemeanor tickets to students, some as young as 6, in the case of the Dallas Independent School District back in '06-'07. John Whitmire's ... More >>
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Just one month ago we recounted the history of Dallas's 18-year-old Juvenile Curfew Ordinance, which keeps 17-and-unders off the streets from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:01 a.m. till 6 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Long story short, it wound up in court on its way to becoming "a mod ... More >>
Electronic monitoring may dramatically curb truancy. So why isn't DISD interested?
Reality Check (Atlantic)
The story of Edwin Debrow Jr., one of the youngest Texans ever convicted of murder, in his own words
For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.
Turning down millions in state money to build juvenile boot camps, Tarrant County opted for a different approach--one that works
Critics of a private prison firm that ran two juvenile boot camps in Dallas wonder where the love is at these "tough love academies"
Think it's brutal to send a 14-year-old boy to prison for decades? Meet Billy Ray Dennis, and think again.
Spurred by a horrifying wave of teen violence in the '90s, Texas today spends more money than ever to lock up young criminals. Are we getting our money's worth?
Quick, someone buy the county's juvenile authorities a copy of Oliver Twist
Thirteen-year-old Chris Beamon ended up in jail because of a homework assignment. Now the adults who put him there are trying to get their stories straight.
Get a grip
Ponder officials jail second student; first-grader's report on Where the Wild Things Are deemed too violent
When young love ended in a rape allegation, the juvenile justice system left a Dallas teen's life in limbo.