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June 28, 2017

Commonwealth v. Batts: We Won!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Commonwealth v. Batts that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in Batts and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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June 27, 2017

Real Pride: Spotlight on Programs for LGBTQ Youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

LGBTQ youth are over-represented in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention estimates that LGBTQ youth are approximately 7% of the population generally but 13-15% of those in the juvenile justice system. 

As we close out Pride month, we’re shining a spotlight on three organizations and their work focusing on LGBTQ youth across the country: Project HOME, BreakOUT!, and Lambda Legal.

Tags:Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 23, 2017

Wisconsin Judge Condemns Solitary Confinement

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Today in Wisconsin, Western District Judge Peterson found that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray and restraints at two juvenile facilities violate kids’ constitutional rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. We originally filed the lawsuit in January on behalf of boys and girls held in Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 22, 2017

Stop Solitary Confinement of Kids in Wisconsin - Now!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

As you read this, we are in court with ACLU of Wisconsin in Madison’s Western District Court. Back in January, we filed a class action civil rights lawsuit against state officials’ use of solitary confinement, shackling and pepper spray against youth in two facilities – Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.

We soon discovered the harm in this case was so severe that the boys and girls incarcerated at these two facilities needed immediate relief as the case progressed.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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June 14, 2017

For Philadelphia Youth: Online Guide for Juvenile Record Expungement

posted by Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow

A middle school fight can last forever. Years after the school calls the police and the adolescent goes to court, the record of the incident can continue to affect a young person’s ability to find gainful employment, qualify for college loans, secure housing, or generally move on from the worst moment in her young life. For so many youth, this is their story.

Tags:Access to Education|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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