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NCYL in the News — Apr-Sept 2011


NCYL and Human Rights Watch are co-sponsoring California Senate Bill 9, which would allow reviews of life without parole sentences for juveniles. The bill has passed the Senate and is awaiting a vote of the full Assembly.

Aug. 25, 2011
Editorial: Young Lifers Deserve Chance for Redemption

The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 21, 2011
For Juvenile Lifers, a Chance

San Jose Mercury, Aug. 21, 2011
Law Could Lighten the Sentences of California Juvenile Offenders Serving Life Without Parole

San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 24, 2011
Editorial: California juveniles doing life in prison deserve opportunity for a second chance

The San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 17, 2011
Bill Would Let Some Inmates Appeal Lifetime Terms

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, July 11, 2011
California’s ‘Second Chance’ Bill Offers Hope for LWOP Sentenced Youth

In August 2010, NCYL and other advocates called on the US Department of Justice to investigate reports of violence, improper use of restraints, and program deficiencies in 10 lockdown facilities in Texas. This New York Times editorial credits the governor and legislature with progress that has been made since.

Editorial, July 9, 2011
Texas’s Progress on Juvenile Justice


NCYL has appealed to the US Court of Appeals a lower court dismissal of Henry A. v. Willden, its lawsuit to reform the foster care system in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. NCYL Senior Attorney Bill Grimm comments on the recent resignation of Tom Morton, director of Family Services in Clark County.

Las Vegas Sun, August 13, 2011
Employee Survey Among Reasons For Family Services Departure

Las Vegas Sun, August 9, 2011
Clark County Family Services Chief Resigns

Among other changes, Henry A. v. Willden demands that each and every foster child has an attorney or court-appointed advocate, as mandated by state and federal law. If this little girl had such an advocate, this situation could have been avoided.

8 News Now, July 15, 2011
I-Team: Questions Surround Removal of Foster Child From Home

NCYL led a coalition to pass California Senate Bill 39, which mandates child protective services agencies to release information about children who have died of abuse and neglect. Since the bill went into effect in 2008, NCYL, along with The Los Angeles Times, has closely monitored compliance with the law by the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services.

July 18, 2011

Deaths of 2 Children Are Tied to Lapses in LA County’s Welfare System

June 6, 2011
Child Dies After Being Sent from Foster Care to Her Parents, Renewing Questions About LA County’s Troubled Children’s Services Agency


NCYL works to protect the confidentiality of children’s health, background, and other sensitive information while ensuring that agencies serving children, such as child welfare, probation, schools, and health providers, are all able to access and share important information about youth in their care. Senior Attorney Rebecca Gudeman is interviewed on the issue.

North County Times, July 23, 2011
Health Care System Struggles to Find Foster Kids