King County Apologizes to Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Sheriff’s Dept.

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in a hail of bullets by King County Sheriff’s deputies, will receive a $2.25 million settlement and apology from King County for the death of their son. Also as part of the settlement, the Sheriff and the family will explore a partnership… Read More

Top DCFS Officials & Psychiatric Hospital Sued For Allowing Gross Abuse of Children

Cook County Public Guardian Leads Suit Against DCFS Officials and Chicago Lakeshore Hospital CHICAGO – Officials and investigators in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) turned a blind eye to endemic sexual and gross physical abuse inflicted upon children in DCFS custody – some as young as 7-years-old – who were housed… Read More

Student Testing Giant “College Board” Sued for Illegally Collecting & Selling Students’ Data

Parent filed a federal class action suit today against the College Board, a ubiquitous student testing organization, for deceptively collecting and selling students’ confidential personal information. While formally a not-for-profit, the College Board takes has approximately $1 billion in annual revenues each year and highly compensates its slew of executives, including its president who received… Read More

Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Seattle Area Sheriff’s Dept. Files Federal Suit

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in 2017 by suburban Seattle sheriff’s deputies as they fired shots into the rear of his body, late today filed a federal lawsuit against King County, Washington and County Sheriff’s Deputies Det. Michael Garske, Sgt. Todd Miller, Det. Joseph Eshom and Det.… Read More

Jon Burge 2.0 Victim Sues City for 20 Year Wrongful Imprisonment from Age 15

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Close Colleagues of Notorious Police Torturer Jon Burge Sued for Frame-Up of Youth CHICAGO – A man framed for murder at age 15 by close colleagues of notorious torturer Cmdr. Jon Burge today sued the City of Chicago for a beating and false confession to murder forced out of him by the Chicago Police detectives. … Read More

Class Action Suit Hits DCFS for Imprisoning Children in Psychiatric Hospitals

State cutbacks unjustly forced numerous youth into locked psych wards, causing many to relapse and costing Illinois millions of dollars Acting Cook County Public Guardian Leads Class Action Suit Against DCFS CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today was hit with a federal class action lawsuit for locking youth in… Read More

Falsely Jailed at Age 14, Man Sues Chicago Police After Losing 24 Years to Wrongful Imprisonment

14-year-old Adam Gray

Police Fabricated Evidence, Coerced a False Confession From the 14-Year-Old, & Intimidated Witnesses to Frame the Youth CHICAGO, April 12, 2018 – After spending his adolescence and almost entire adulthood wrongfully imprisoned, Adam Gray today filed a federal lawsuit against eight former Chicago police officers (or their estates), a former fire marshal and a former… Read More

Improving Juvenile Justice

This has been a big week for juvenile justice. First, the Supreme Court ruled that adults and children who were sentenced in their youth to mandatory life in prison without parole should be allowed to ask a court to reconsider their sentence. And second, President Obama banned putting incarcerated children in solitary confinement in federal… Read More

Girls in the Justice System

                                After all of the interest in our recent post Too Many Women in Prison, let’s take a look at where the female over-incarceration problem often starts—girls in the justice system. While youth arrests are generally declining, the rates for… Read More

Adolescent Brain Development

A court in Wisconsin recently ruled that two twelve-year-old girls who stabbed a friend nearly to death, in order to appease a fictional online horror character called Slender Man, should be tried as adults. If ever there was a crime that epitomizes a child doing a horribly stupid thing because her adolescent brain was not… Read More