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Child Welfare

The New Jersey Star-Ledger said trying two New York City caseworkers for criminally negligent homicide could have a “chilling effect” on the ability to recruit child welfare workers

In Florida, the prosecutor who will try two adoptive parents for the murder of their child intends to seek the death penalty, reports Kim Segal of CNN.

Non-custodial parents owe Illinois children a total of $3 billion in back child support, reports Francine Knowles of the Chicago Sun-Times, and experts in the state blame unemployment and underemployment.


Conservative website Big Government accuses George Soros of influencing the discussion on for-profit colleges with grants to the New America Foundation, which publishes Higher Ed Watch

Juvenile Justice

After a dramatic case involving two young boys accused of raping a toddler, a state senator in Tennessee is pushing a bill that would establish the state’s first juvenile sex offender registry, reports Jill Monier of My Fox Memphis. The registry would be viewable by law enforcement only, and juveniles could petition to have their names removed at age 19

Whether states or counties run juvenile justice systems is less important than what kind of system they’re running, reports Steve Yoder in American Prospect


An event honoring George H.W. Bush at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where the four living past presidents all spoke about the value of community service and volunteerism, aired last night. Today, AmeriCorps champions in Massachusetts sought to use it as a springboard with op-eds in several news outlets. Here is one from Emily Haber and Kathy Marx, and here is another from the editorial board of the Boston Globe.




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