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March 25, 2015

Have We Gotten the Message of Anderson v. Houston?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Ten years ago, in Anderson v. HoustonJuvenile Law Center and the ACLU sued the Pennsylvania state child welfare agency for discriminating against relatives who sought to become foster parents. Since Anderson, federal law has radically shifted, but too many youth still age out of foster care without finding family.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Normalcy for Foster Youth|Permanency (Foster Care)
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March 23, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court to Address Question of Miller Retroactivity

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The United States Supreme Court granted review in Montgomery v. Louisiana, addressing the question of whether Miller v. Alabama (2012) 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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March 19, 2015

Breaking News: Florida Supreme Court Rules on Miller Retroactivity, Virtual Life Sentences

posted by Juvenile Law Center

In a series of important rulings today, the Florida Supreme Court recognized the importance of ensuring that juveniles receive constitutionally appropriate sentences that reflect their capacity for rehabilitation. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in these cases.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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March 11, 2015

First-Ever Trial Defense Guidelines for Youth Facing Life Sentences

posted by Juvenile Law Center
Juvenile Law Center was part of a national team to collaborate on drafting the first-ever trial defense guidelines for children facing life sentences. Released on March 11, the guidelines create a new national standard for ensuring zealous, effective representation for children.
Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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March 06, 2015

Roper v. Simmons Ten Years Later, Part 3: Juvenile Justice and Developmental Research in the Post-Roper Era

posted by Juvenile Law Center

In the final installment of our 3-part series celebrating the 10th anniversary of Roper, our contributors reflect on their feelings immediately after the Supreme Court's decision in 2005 and Roper's legacy.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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