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Youth Interrogations
California Supreme Court •

Seventeen-year-old Steve M. did not explicitly waive his Miranda rights, however police relied on an implied waiver to interrogate him, despite his youth, evident learning

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Juvenile Law Center, in collaboration with Defender Association of Philadelphia, Cozen O’Connor, Peter Goldberger, and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, filed a brief in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania on behalf of Mr. Ligon and other named defendants in support of the questions of law raised in General Court Regulation #1 of 2016 to be resolved by an en banc panel prior to re-sentencing the juvenile life without parole population. Since Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia in particular has the largest juvenile lifer population in the country, the court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on many juvenile lifer re-sentencings.

Education
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania •
Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center, and attorneys from Dechert, LLC, filed a class action lawsuit against Glen Mills Schools and Pennsylvania state officials on behalf of hundreds of youth who suffered at the hands of Glen Mills leadership and staff.
Education
Superior Court of Pennsylvania •

Just before the winter holidays, a Pennsylvania court ordered that J.L., a minor, be removed from his family home and placed in a residential youth

Youth Tried as Adults
Supreme Court of Texas •

Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief in support of S.T.’s Petition for Review in the Supreme Court of Texas. The trial court transferred S.T.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Massachusetts Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center signed onto an amicus letter with the Committee for Public Counsel Services and Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in the Massachusetts

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Arizona Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center signed onto an amicus brief with Phillips Black, Inc. in the Supreme Court of Arizona on behalf of Roger Helm. For crimes