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Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice

February 22, 2017

At Wisconsin Juvenile Prisons, Children Face a Nightmare of Solitary Confinement and Abuse

Valerie Kiebala, Solitary Watch

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Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice

February 11, 2017

Critics pan Walker's budget on youth prison

Todd Richmond, The Daily Press (AP)

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Access to Healthcare|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care)|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)

February 10, 2017

Commentary: Toomey needs to protect youths aging out of foster care

Susan Vivian Mangold, Jennifer Pokempner, philly.com

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January 24, 2017

Civil Rights Groups File Class Action Lawsuit Against Wisconsin State Officials for Unconstitutional Use of Solitary Confinement, Other Inhumane Conditions in State-Run Youth Correctional Facilities

The ACLU of Wisconsin and Juvenile Law Center, with pro-bono assistance from Quarles & Brady, filed a class action lawsuit today in federal court against four Wisconsin state officials, including Wisconsin Secretary of Corrections Jon E. Litscher, citing the unconstitutional use of solitary confinement and inhumane conditions for youth in state-run correctional facilities. The suit was filed on behalf of youth confined in the Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls.

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January 12, 2017

Department of Justice Takes Action on Costs, Fines and Fees for Juvenile Offenders

Today the Department of Justice issued critical guidance on the use of costs, fines and fees for youth in the juvenile justice system. This development follows a campaign of advocacy and research on the widespread abuse of costs, fines and fees in the juvenile justice system, and Juvenile Law Center’s publication of a groundbreaking national report on the issue.

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December 20, 2016

Atlantic Center for Capital Representation and Juvenile Law Center Ask Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Clarify Re-Sentencing in Juvenile Life Without Parole Cases for Juveniles Convicted of Second Degree Murder Who Did Not Kill or Intend to Kill

Today the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation and Juvenile Law Center asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to exercise its extraordinary jurisdiction to clarify whether juveniles previously convicted of Second Degree Murder, who did not kill or intend to kill, must be sentenced significantly more leniently than juveniles who have been convicted of First Degree Murder. The state Supreme Court has yet to address the sentencing rights of this particular group of juvenile offenders in the wake of two U.S. Supreme Court rulings, Miller v Alabama (2012) and Montgomery v Louisiana (2016), which invalidated Pennsylvania’s mandatory juvenile life without parole sentencing scheme for all juveniles convicted of homicide.

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