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Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
Supreme Court of South Dakota •

Argued that the trial court abused its discretion by failing to give proper weight during transfer or sentencing to the age and related characteristics of a physically and sexually abused 15-year-old who participated in a murder with the adult who was abusing her.

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

Juvenile Law Center, with Public Interest Law Center and other amici, filed an amicus brief in the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of a 15-year-old child sentenced to concurrent 45 years sentences for nonhomicide offenses.

Solitary Confinement & Harsh Conditions
U.S. Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center, with co-counsel Kevin Allen of Crystle, Allen & Braught, has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a 12-year-old child subjected to a suspicionless strip search upon his admission to a juvenile detention center. Our petition urged the Court to take the case to clarify the appropriate standard for strip searches of children in juvenile detention centers.

Youth Tried as Adults
Ohio Supreme Court •

Juvenile Law Center, with National Juvenile Defender Center, filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of a 16-year-old child transferred to adult court under Ohio’s mandatory transfer scheme.

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 in light of Miller and that Miller applies retroactively.

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.