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December 31, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Sex Offender Registration Unconstitutional for Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Pennsylvania’s highest court recently ruled that lifetime registration of juveniles under the Pennsylvania Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) is unconstitutional.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Sex Offender Registration
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December 18, 2014

Mark Wahlberg Has a Problem, and He's Not the Only One

posted by Marsha Levick, Deputy Director & Chief Counsel

Mark Wahlberg has a major problem stemming from his days as a minor. Now 43, he is asking Massachusetts' Governor Deval Patrick for a pardon for assaults committed as a troubled 16 year-old in Boston. "It would be formal recognition that someone like me can receive official public redemption if he devotes himself to personal improvement and a life of good works," said Wahlberg in an interview.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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December 15, 2014

Texas High Court Upholds Individualized Determinations for Youth Tried As Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that youth are categorically less mature in their decision-making, less culpable, and more capable of change than adults. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently affirmed a ruling vacating Cameron’s transfer to adult court, finding the record factually insufficient to justify the decision. The opinion criticized the juvenile court’s order for simply reciting the transfer statute and held that juvenile courts must do the “the heavy lifting” of demonstrating their reasons for transfer if they expect their decisions to be upheld on appeal.
Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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December 12, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Whether Miller v. Alabama Applies Retroactively

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team

Today, the United States Supreme Court granted review in Toca v. Louisiana, addressing the question of whether Miller v. Alabama applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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December 09, 2014

Federal Agencies Release Landmark Guidance on Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

On December 8, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a joint policy guidance package to inform state and local education and juvenile justice agencies of best practices to improve the quality of education in juvenile justice facilities and remind these agencies of their legal obligations to do so.

Tags:Access to Education|Juveniles for Justice|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Youth Engagement Programs
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