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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Prison Sentences of Life Without Parole for Youth

Posted June 25, 2012 to Blog, Juvenile Justice | Comments (0)
In addition to today’s SB 1070 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also issued an extremely important decision in Miller v. Alabama which bans mandatory sentences of life without parole for youth who commit homicide while under the age of 18. Although the ruling does not completely ban life without parole sentences for youth, it ensures that such punishments can only be imposed on a case-by-case basis. Read more

Voters and Candidates Get Information about Conditions for Kids in 30 New Legislative Districts

Children's Action Alliance released new fact sheets highlighting conditions for children and families in each of Arizona's 30 newly drawn legislative districts. The fact sheets use recent U.S. Census data along with AIMS reading scores to paint a picture of some aspects of family life throughout Arizona.

CPS Overwhelmed

New data from the Arizona Department of Economic Security shows the number of children in foster care at an all-time high of 12,649 at the end of March. In just the first three months of 2012, the number of foster children grew by more than 1,200 — far more than the growth during all of 2011. Read more

What do President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and Oprah Winfrey have in common?

Like 60,000 children in Arizona today, they were raised by their grandparents or other relatives for part of their childhoods. This practice, called kinship care, has been growing in Arizona and throughout the nation. The Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors are asking every state legislator and every legislative candidate to read a new report, called Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families. Read more

More Arizona Children Raised by Relatives

Dana Wolfe Naimark, Children’s Action 266-0707 office Laura Jasso, Arizona Grandparent Gloria, Arizona Grandparent 670-3078 Download PDF Version Key Policy Steps Can Help Children Thrive What do President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and Oprah Winfrey have in common?  Like 60,000 children in Arizona today, they were raised by their grandparents or other relatives for part of their childhoods.  Read more

Fewer Juveniles Being Prosecuted in Adult Court

Every year the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts releases a report that gives an overview of the juveniles processed at various stages of the juvenile justice system across the state. This year’s report, Arizona’s Juvenile Court Counts: Statewide Statistical Information FY2011 was recently released and we are happy to say we’ve found some good news in it. Read more

A Rainy Day Fund or a Fund for Tax Cuts?

Posted May 8, 2012 to Blog, Budget and Taxes | Comments (0)
by CAA President and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark The legislature adjourned last week, which means we likely won’t see them back in session until a new legislature takes office in January. At the beginning of the session, the House and Senate Appropriations Chairmen — Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Don Shooter — set very low expectations, saying they were looking for a budget with no new funding, no new cuts, and no restorations. Read more

Amnesty International Reports Harmful Prison Conditions in Arizona

A just released report from Amnesty International (AI) reveals the "Cruel Isolation" practices for the youth prosecuted as adults and sentenced to adult prison. Amnesty's report found that 14 children, ages 14 to 17, had been held in maximum custody at the Rincon unit in the Tucson state adult prison.

Low-Income Kids Most Vulnerable to Federal Spending Cuts

A new analysis concludes that cuts in federal spending, like those proposed in the Ryan Budget, would hit children in low-income families the hardest.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Bad Budget for Kids

Posted April 5, 2012 to Blog, enews, Federal Budget | Comments (0)
Recently, all but 10 Republicans and no Democrats voted to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget in the U.S. House of Representatives. This budget does not have much of a chance to pass the Senate before the November elections, but the likely Republican nominee for President, Mitt Romney, has already endorsed the plan and would likely sign it into law if it passed Congress and he was President.