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09/13/00
Report
Confidentiality of Juvenile Delinquency Hearings

This brief report highlights state variations in statutes and/or court rules that permit or require juvenile delinquency hearings to be open to the general public.

08/13/00
Report
Civil Unions in Vermont

This report briefly discusses Vermont’s legal provisions recognizing same-sex civil unions and related issues.

07/12/00
Report
Family Courts in the United States (2000)

This brief report, updated for 2000, provides a summary of family court concepts and issues and contains a map showing the states with a unified family court.

06/13/00
Report
Grandparent Visitation Rights After Troxel v. Granville

This document discusses grandparent visitation rights and, particularly, the U.S. Supreme Court case of Troxel v. Granville. The Troxel case sends a clear message to both state legislatures and state courts that grandparent visitation statutes…

06/13/00
Report
Screening at Intake for Related Family Cases

This bulletin reports on a study of delinquency and dependency cases in several Ohio counties to determine the level of court involvement of adult family members.

06/13/00
Report
Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws in Pennsylvania

This report describes efforts being made in Pennsylvania to reduce underage drinking through community action.

05/13/00
Report
Case Law Interpreting the Safe Schools Act of 1994

This brief report offers a discussion of case law that interprets the federal Safe Schools Act of 1994. The Act was enacted to further the goal of drug and violence-free goals.

04/13/00
Report
Minimum Age for Death Penalty

This brief report highlights state differences in laws governing the minimum age for capital punishment, as of 1999. ( In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws that imposed capital punishment for offenses committed under…

03/13/00
Report
Separate Tables: Interagency Information Sharing in Real Life

This document talks about the outcome of a multidisciplinary working group convention held in Pittsburgh that recently drafted a memorandum of understanding on local interagency information sharing. Offered here is a detailed look at the…

03/13/00
Report
Grandparent Support Obligation

This report briefly highlights state variations in laws establishing grandparent support liability.

02/13/00
Report
Constitutional Challenges to Blended Sentencing Statutes

This issue discusses constitutional changes to blended sentencing. Up until February 2000, three states had faced challenges such as these: Minnesota in 1995, New Mexico in 1996, and Montana in 1997. Only the Montana statute…

01/13/00
Report
Battered Child Syndrome as Defense for Murder of Abusive Parent

This report briefly discusses the Battered Child Syndrome as a defense for the murder of an abusive parent. Do victims of child abuse have some special justification for murdering their abusive parents? To date, four…