The Supreme Court Updates Miranda Warnings for Teens; Plus Six Conferences and 40 Years of Drug War: a Roundup

This week, I've got a monster roundup of news, grant opportunities, and conferences related to the juvenile justice system and (a little) about adolescent substance abuse treatment and behavioral healthcare for kids. Here goes:

  • Reclaiming Futures Nassau County: Football Star Andrew Quarless Speaks to Juvenile Drug Court Graduates
  • U.S. Supreme Court Says Age Matters When it Comes to Miranda Warnings
    Miranda warnings must be given by police when a suspect is being interrogated in a custodial setting. What's considered custody or the degree to which a suspect is being restrained are what matters here: in this case, a 13-year-old in North Carolina was interrogated on school grounds by a police officer about alleged crimes committed off-campus. He was not read his Miranda rights; his lawyers argued that his subsequent confession was therefore inadmissible. North Carolina's Supreme Court said his age wasn't relevant -- arguing, as I understand it, that the youth was not in a custodial situation and could have left. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed, writing that, “It is beyond dispute that children will often feel bound to submit to police questioning when an adult in the same circumstances would feel free to leave.” (Hat tips to the Juvenile Law Center and the National Juvenile Justice Network.)




  • 74th NCJFCJ Annual Conference
    It's happening July 24-27, 2011, in New York. And of course, "NCJFCJ" stands for "National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges," of course. According to their website, "The mission of the Annual Conference is to provide cutting-edge information and tools to juvenile and family courts to support their efforts to improve case processing and outcomes for children, youth, families, victims, and communities with whom they work." They're also doing a great blog series on the what the conference has to offer.
  • American Probation and Parole Association To Host Training Institute in Chicago
    The APPA will hold its 36th Annual Training Institute, July 24-27, 2011 (yep, same days as the NCJFCJ conference), "featuring more than 60 workshops for community corrections professionals. Workshops topics include disproportionate minority contact, mentally ill offenders and community corrections, law enforcement traumas, electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases, juvenile reentry, overcoming barriers in management, and more." (Hat tip to JUVJUST.)
  • OJJDP's 13th National Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) Leadership Conference
    The conference will be held August 10th-12th, in Orlando, FL; this year's theme is "Spotlighting Community Solutions to Underage Drinking."
  • Putting the Pieces Together for Children and Families: The National Conference on Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and the Courts.
    Scheduled for September 14-16, 2011, in National Harbor, MD, the conference will focus on "family based models, the effects of health care reform, ensuring sustainability of effective programs in the midst of a changing fiscal climate and the role of substance use disorders as a central issue in child protection and related child serving agencies." (Hat tip to the Partnership at
  • National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law 2012
    Also sponsored by the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), this one will be held in Las Vegas, March 21-24, 2012. It sounds like its focus is a little different from the 2011 74th Annual NCJFCJ conference being held in July, as this one will "feature innovations in programming and practice and provide new opportunities for courts and communities to improve outcomes for children, youth, families, and victims. Diverse educational sessions will focus on the challenges faced by many children and families, such as child abuse and neglect, mental health, delinquency, custody, immigration, domestic violence, and substance abuse." Questions? Email Crystal Kelley, or phone her at (775) 784-6920.
  • Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) 2012
    If you've ever been able to attend a JMATE conference, you know how great they are for anyone concerned with adolescent substance abuse treatment. (You can follow the link to learn about the 2010 conference.) Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), it's the only national conference exclusively devoted to juvenile treatment. So write down these dates on your calendar, in ink: April 10-12, 2012, in Washington, D.C. If you think you won't be able to afford it, bear in mind that SAMHSA usually makes travel stipends available -- we'll just to keep an eye on that.  Also: committees are being created for the 2012 JMATE. So if you want to serve, email  


Updated: February 08 2018