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Juvenile Sex Offender Registry (SORNA)
Washington Court of Appeals, Division Three; Washington Supreme Court •

According to the lower court, the child victim is also the perpetrator of a sex crime against himself. 

Records
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •

Amici challenged a lower court’s holding limiting relief available via Pennsylvania’s summary offense expungement statute to only a narrow class of petitioners.

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

Argued that sentences of 133 years and 68 years for juveniles convicted of nonhomicide offenses, with only the possibility of geriatric release, are unconstitutional as they fail to provide a meaningful opportunity to obtain release as mandated by Graham v. Florida.

Access to Counsel
Washington Court of Appeals •

Argued that, given the significance of the child’s liberty interests at stake, due process requires appointment of counsel for children in dependency proceedings.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania •
Argued that sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional.
Youth Tried as Adults
Supreme Court of Missouri •

Argued that Missouri’s Armed Criminal Action statute, as applied to juveniles, is unconstitutional because its mandatory incarceration provision provides no opportunity to consider a juvenile’s reduced culpability, age, and related characteristics as required by Graham and Miller.

Access to Counsel
U.S. Supreme Court •

Argued that a ten-year-old is unlikely to fully understand and appreciate the nature of his Miranda rights and should not be able to waive them on his own.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District •

Argued that sentences of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of homicide are unconstitutional in light of Miller and that Miller applies retroactively.

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

Juvenile Law Center was co-counsel in Montgomery v. Louisiana, a case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court holding that Miller v. Alabama (2012) applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences.

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Colorado Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center files an amicus brief on behalf of a juvenile sentenced to 112 years for nonhomicide offenses.