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AK: Parnell Signs Bills to Aid Youth Court, Traumatized Jurors

Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills Monday, one of which set up a youth court funding mechanism through court fines while the other established a counseling program for jurors in emotionally traumatic trials.

Senate Bill 257, sponsored by District B Democratic Sen. Dennis Egan and District 4 Republican Rep. Cathy Muñoz, sets up a process that allows 25 percent of court fines to help fund youth court. Currently, adult criminal fines belong to the  unrestricted general fund.

Providing Immediate Services to Families in Crisis: The New Paradigm for Status Offender Systems

The Vera Institute of Justice recently released a report, Making Court the Last Resort: A New Focus for Supporting Families in Crisis, that outlines the significant improvements some states are making in how they respond to chronically disobedient children.

FL: Juvenile Boot Camps See Third Death in Three Years

Fourteen-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died one day after being sent to a "boot camp" juvenile justice facility and reports have emerged of a videotape of guards beating the boy. Anderson's death is the third in three years. As the Associated Press reports the story, the NAACP and Florida's black legislators are demanding answers. All three of the young men who have died in these camps were black. But that raises an awfully good question.