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Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
U.S. Supreme Court •
Our brief urged the court to grant review in order to clarify that its prior rulings extend to term-of-years sentences that are the functional equivalent of juvenile life without parole and hold that any sentence that condemns a youth to die in prison is constitutionally disproportionate regardless of whether it is formally labeled “life without parole.”
Youth Tried as Adults
Kentucky Supreme Court •

In Commonwealth v. Bredhold, the Kentucky trial court issued an order declaring Kentucky’s death penalty statute unconstitutional as applied to youth, including Travis Bredhold

Access to Counsel
Ohio Supreme Court •

Thirteen-year old L.G. was arrested immediately after being questioned at his school by a school official in the presence of police during a joint investigation

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

Access to Counsel
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