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

Michael Felder was initially sentenced to life without parole for a first degree murder committed when he was 17. Following the Miller and Batts I

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center joined Child USA; The Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma; The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence; and Dr. Murray

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Supreme Court •

Kipland Kinkel received a 112 year sentence for crimes he was convicted of at age 15. At the time of his crimes, Mr. Kinkel suffered

Access to Counsel
Supreme Court of Indiana •

At age 15, A.M. was adjudicated delinquent and placed on supervised probation. At a subsequent disposition modification hearing, A.M.’s attorney argued that A.M. should serve

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

Juvenile Law Center joined Children and Family Justice Center and others on an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court of Illinois on behalf of

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Massachusetts Supreme Court •
Amici argued that mandatory sentencing that imposes harsh adult consequences on juvenile offenders without any individualized consideration of age or other mitigating circumstances contravenes the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Pennsylvania Superior Court •

John Blount originally received a mandatory life without parole sentence for a crime he committed as a youth. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Supreme Court •
The amicus brief argued that Miller and Montgomery establish a presumption against imposing life without parole sentences on juveniles and requires a finding that the juvenile is permanently incorrigible and incapable of reform.