Supreme Court held the execution of juveniles unconstitutional. Juvenile Law Center’s brief argued the developmental differences between adolescents and adults in critical areas, including impulse control and understanding consequences.
Filed an appeal to overturn the delinquency adjudication based on the classroom conduct of an 11-year-old with a neurological disability.
Challenged the zero-tolerance approach to student misbehavior where a teen was sentenced to 100 days in juvenile detention for distributing a poem that mentioned bringing guns to school.
Addressed the issues of due process violations in Illinois’ blended sentencing schemes and the interpretation of a youth’s request for counsel.
Briefed the issue of right to counsel for juveniles and the procedures that must be brought to bear before waiver is granted.
Juvenile Law Center briefed and argued the question of the constitutionality of a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole imposed on a 17-year-old in Alabama.
Argued that a sentence of 110 years to life (three consecutive life-terms) for a non-homicide offense committed as a juvenile violates the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Graham v. Florida.
Argued that sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional.
Argued that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles convicted of homicide offenses are unconstitutional.
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