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January 12, 2017

Setting the Stage for Success in 2017: 2016 Year-End Highlights

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

Happy New Year! While we are preparing to confront new challenges in 2017, we ended 2016 with some important wins in some of our key issue areas: reducing transfer to adult court, ending juvenile life-without-parole and other extreme sentencing, and improving educational access and success for foster youth and justice system-involved youth.

Tags:Access to Education|Cost of Justice|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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January 28, 2016

President's Ban on Solitary Confinement is a Model for States

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We applaud President Obama’s leadership in eliminating solitary confinement and promoting developmentally appropriate, evidence-based policies and practices as the standard in all federal and state juvenile justice facilities.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Mental Health Treatment|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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January 25, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court: Prior Finding That Mandatory Life without Parole Sentences for Youth Are Unconstitutional Now Found Retroactive

posted by Juvenile Law Center

In a key win for individuals nationwide who are serving life without parole sentences for crimes committed as children, the United States Supreme Court today ruled 6-3 in Montgomery v. Louisiana that their 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, barring mandatory life without parole sentences for youth, applies retroactively. Today’s decision guarantees that 69-year-old Henry Montgomery, along with as many as 2,000 others serving similar mandatory life without parole sentences, will receive new sentencing hearings or be considered for parole.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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January 20, 2016

"Making a Murderer": Justice Weeps

posted by Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick for the Huffington Post Blog

The injustices exposed in Making a Murderer are not limited to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, but mirror systemic failures in jurisdictions across the country. And, as one of the lawyers who litigated the Pennsylvania "Kids for Cash" scandal, the scent of official corruption was all too familiar.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal
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January 07, 2016

Reflecting on Kent, Miranda, and J.D.B in 2016

posted by Executive Director Sue Mangold

Fifty years ago, the United States Supreme Court decided Kent v. United States and Miranda v. Arizona. Just five years ago, the Supreme Court decided J.D.B. v. North Carolina, establishing for the first time that law enforcement must account for juvenile status when carrying out the requirements of Miranda. In the coming year, we will be highlighting the lasting significance and challenges posed by each of these cases in the juvenile justice context.

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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