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

Juvenile Law Center, along with The Promise of Justice Initiative and Children and Family Justice Center, filed an amicus brief in support of Larry Newton’s

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Pennsylvania Superior Court •

Juvenile Law Center, along with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Atlantic Center for Capital Punishment, and the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project, filed an

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

Shawn Davis is serving a life without parole sentence for a murder conviction when he was 16 years old. He is one of 984 young Black men

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

Karen Howell was convicted under the felony murder doctrine in Tennessee for her involvement with another juvenile and four adult co-defendants in the murder of

Education
Supreme Court of Indiana •

D.Z., a public school student, was questioned as part of an investigation jointly undertaken by the school’s assistant principal and a police officer stationed at

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

We challenged the constitutionality of resentencing a juvenile offender to two consecutive 30-to-life terms which amount to a de facto life sentence.

Youth Tried as Adults
U.S. Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center, Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc., and University of Virginia Professor of Law, Brandon L. Garrett filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of Brendan Dassey, the nephew of Steven Avery whose prosecution and conviction for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach were the central focus of the “Making A Murderer” 2016 Netflix documentary. On August 12, 2016, a federal magistrate judge granted Dassey’s petition, declaring his confession Involuntary under the “totality of circumstances” test and highlighted several aspects of Dassey’s interrogation resulting in his false confession: the investigators’ promises, assurances, and threats of negative consequences in light of Brendan’s age, his intellectual deficits, lack of experience with the police, the absence of a parent during the interrogation, and other relevant personal characteristics.

Youth Tried as Adults
Maryland Court of Appeals •

At age 17, Brian Tate pled guilty to murder. Although Brian had dropped out of high school, had a mental health diagnosis, and a history