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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 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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August 08, 2015

State Advisory Committee Releases Report and Recommendations for Juvenile Act

posted by Juvenile Law Center

The Juvenile Act Advisory Committee released a report and recommendations for amending Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act and the state's sentencing response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Miller v. Alabama. Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick, served on the committee alongside other juvenile justice stakeholders.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|News and Announcements|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System|State and Federal Legislation
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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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October 23, 2014

Treatment of 10-Year Old “Adult” Prisoner Making Headlines

posted by Juvenile Law Center

A 10-year old Pennsylvania boy with mental health concerns is currently sitting alone in an adult prison cell, charged as an adult in the killing of a 90-year old woman. Prison officials provided the boy with coloring books and crayons, and guards make sure he has time to “play.”

When we have to schedule “recess” in prison, something is terribly wrong. Prosecutors had no choice but to charge him as an adult—Pennsylvania law requires it—but they can, and should, quickly agree to move the boy’s case to the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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