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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.
Older Youth in Foster Care
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit •
Our brief argued that discriminating against prospective foster parents on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity harms children and diminishes their ability to achieve permanency.
Economic Justice
U.S. Supreme Court •
Juvenile Law Center’s brief supports Mr. Timbs' position that the U.S. Constitution’s protection against excessive fines applies to state and local governments as well as to the federal government. Our brief seeks to educate the Court about how exorbitant fines and fees in the juvenile justice system affect young people.