Juvenile Law Center

January 25, 2016

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

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 inMiller 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.

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December 18, 2015

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Two Bills into Law to Give Foster Youth More “Normal” Lives

Governor Wolf is expected to soon sign a second bill into law to help vulnerable foster youth better succeed. Act 75 of 2015 was signed into law on December 10th and HB 1603 will be signed within days. Both bills are in response to the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which mandates states to implement policies that protect youth from harm and improve their ability to develop skills, talents and connections with family and community.

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December 10, 2015

President Obama Reauthorizes ESEA, Affording Groundbreaking Provisions for Children in the Foster Care and Juvenile Justice Systems

Washington, D.C. – President Obama today signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the first major overhaul of federal education law in over a decade.

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November 11, 2015

Teen Sexting: What Every Parent Must Know

The disclosure of widespread “sexting” at high schools in Colorado, New York and Ohio this week raises a critically important question about how the issue should be addressed.

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July 16, 2015

Groundbreaking Booker Amendment Shines a Spotlight on the Educational Needs of Homeless Students and Foster Youth

Washington, D.C. - The United States Senate has approved a groundbreaking amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, a bi-partisan bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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July 07, 2015

Professor Susan Mangold Selected to be Juvenile Law Center’s Next Executive Director

Juvenile Law Center is pleased to announce that Susan Vivian Mangold, Professor of Law at SUNY Buffalo Law School, will become its next Executive Director effective October 14, 2015.  

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January 23, 2015

Announcing Juvenile Law Center's National Search for a New Executive Director

Juvenile Law Center, the nation’s oldest non-profit public interest law firm for children, is seeking a new Executive Director.
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January 10, 2014

"Kids for Cash" Judge Ciavarella Found Liable for Enactment of Zero-Tolerance Policies and Violation of Kids' Constitutional Rights in Federal Civil Rights Action

Late yesterday, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted plaintiffs’ motion for partial summary judgment against former Luzerne County Juvenile Court Judge Mark Ciavarella, the judge at the center of the now infamous 'kids for cash' scandal. Specifically, U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo found that Ciavarella violated the constitutional right of the children who appeared before him to an impartial tribunal, as guaranteed by the Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Ciavarella is currently serving a 28 year federal prison sentence following his criminal conviction in February 2011 on charges arising out of the scandal.

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November 07, 2013

Juvenile Court Judge Finds Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Law Unconstitutional Under State and Federal Law

In a landmark ruling for Pennsylvania, York County Court of Common Pleas Judge John C. Uhler ruled yesterday that Pennsylvania's recently enacted law requiring that juveniles convicted of sexual offenses be subjected to lifetime sex offender registration, violates their rights under various provisions of the Pennsylvania and United States Constitutions, as well as Pennsylvania's Juvenile Act.

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October 31, 2013

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Fails to Follow U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Finding Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles Unconstitutional

We are deeply disappointed that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided not to follow the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama, that juveniles convicted of homicide can no longer receive mandatory sentences of life without parole. The decision also ignores the trend in both state and federal courts to find Miller retroactive.

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