March 25, 2013
This past September, Sharon Wiggins told Philadelphia Daily News reporter Dana Filippo about her dreams:
"I want to know how it feels to sit with my sister and have a cup of coffee… to walk down the street… to sit in the car and hear the rain just beat down."
Unfortunately, Sharon will never get that chance. She died of heart failure in prison on March 24th at the age of 62.
March 22, 2013
Tonight, on "Rock Center with Brian Williams," Ted Koppel will report on the solitary confinement of kids in adult prisons and jails—an all-too-common practice that Juvenile Law Center strongly opposes.
March 18, 2013
Fifty years ago today, a homeless 51-year-old with an eighth-grade education, a pencil, and a pad of paper sparked one of the most significant advances in the rights of indigent criminal defendants in United States legal history. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unanimously that criminal defendants facing significant jail time had a right to court-appointed counsel if they could not afford to retain counsel on their own. But how much has really changed?