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Child Welfare

Laws written to punish mandated reporters who stay silent on child abuse have largely gone unenforced, reports Brad Heath of USA Today.

Paula McMahon of the Orlando Sun-Sentinel reports on a 16-year-old foster youth who testified in federal court that he left home frequently to guard doors at an underground brothel run by his brother.


Afterschool Alliance boss Jodi Grant, writing in Valerie Strauss’ spot on the Washington Post website, argues the need for strong after-school programs.

Juvenile Jobs

An Ohio teen accused of using Craigslist to lure victims, one of whom he killed, will be tried as an adult, reports Kim Palmer of Reuters.

The U.S. correctional population declined for the second year in a row in 2010, according to a new study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.