Justice Department: Bail for Indigents Unconstitutional

“Deprivation of liberty pending trial is harsh and oppressive, subjects defendants to economic and psychological hardship, interferes with their ability to defend themselves, and, in many instances, deprives their families of support. This impact may be exacerbated for indigent individuals who, as a consequence of their poverty, are already in vulnerable situations. “In short, bail […]

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Public Advocate’s Lawsuit Dealt a Well Deserved Setback

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed bills to improve foster care, expanding Public Advocate Letitia James oversight over New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. Today, she stands rebuked by a federal judge for giving the appearance of “collusive activity” in connection with her efforts to promote a particular reform agenda. Introduction Last year, […]

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Your Child May Go Home: Please Remit $126,494.22

Scott and Robin Galehouse may have thought they were charting new territory when – after winning their case, and having their daughter returned home – they challenged the bill they were handed for her “care” while in the hands of the state. But the Michigan Court of Appeals had gone down this road before. On […]

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Foster Shock: Failing Florida’s Children

“There is unacceptable and then there’s disgraceful. We need to change the system to protect these children from being hurt over and over again. I hope Foster Shock will let people see the dysfunction under privatization and move them to demand action.” Director and Producer Mari Frankel Privatization The privatization of foster care has been […]

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Texas: Court Ruling on ‘Dickensian’ Foster Care System

Texas Foster Care: Long Road Toward Reform – Part II “The Court does not base any system-wide findings solely on the Named Plaintiffs’ experiences in foster care. Their experiences, however, paint a similar picture: children often enter foster care at the Basic service level, are assigned a carousel of overburdened caseworkers, suffer abuse and neglect […]

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