When an accuser or or an accused in a criminal investigation is a pre-teen or an adolescent, the unpreparedness of law agencies can lead to miscarriages of justice resulting in traumatic impacts. In a recent article in the New York Law Journal, LISA H. THURAU, an executive director of Strategies for Youth and DANIEL POLLACK a professor at Yeshiva University’s School of Social Work recommend that law enforcement agencies provide training and guidance on how to better handle cases with youths. Too often in criminal cases, law enforcement officers are not proprely trained to interact with children. This can result in traumatic experiences for the children and their loved ones. Additionally when families try to sue for abuse, the court’s decision is often biased in favor of the defendants.
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