Sheriff Adopts Simplified Miranda Warning for Kids

King County, Wa., Sheriff John Urquhart consulted with brain researchers to come up with more understandable warnings that were tested in focus groups. “For the most part, we have always done the same warning for kids that we do for adults,” says Urquhart. “Kids’ brains develop slower. To be fair, we thought we should revise the warning so that they understand what their constitutional rights are.”

TX Gov Sends Investigators to Juvenile Lockups

In a surprise move, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott dispatched the Texas Rangers to conduct a “detailed investigation” into growing allegations of sexual misconduct and assaults in state-run lockups for teenage lawbreakers. The inquiry is a likely prelude to significant reforms the governor wants in the agency that incarcerates 1,000 youth offenders.