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The Court is Right: Children are ‘Constitutionally Different.’

"The Supreme Court’s historic ruling, in Montgomery v. Louisiana, held as retroactive its 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama, which banned mandatory life without parole sentences for children. Montgomery is the fourth decision from our nation’s highest court in just over a decade  establishing that children are 'constitutionally different' from adults,  and that their child status is therefore relevant to  sentencing—thereby making them less deserving of our harshest available punishments."

Navigating the Dual Status Terrain: Tips for Juvenile Defenders

"Despite the nuances of each dual status youth case, there are some reliable statistics that reveal that dual status youth consistently experience disparate treatment while involved with the juvenile justice system and notably poorer outcomes following experience with both systems."

This Boy's Life

"At 16, Taurus Buchanan threw one deadly punch--and was sent away for life. Will the Supreme Court give him, and hundreds like him, a chance at freedom?"

Op: Children should not be shackled -- Ohio Supreme Court right to re-examine rules

"Studies show that when they perceive that the court is treating them fairly, adolescents are more cooperative and gain respect for the law. I meet kids on what may already be the worst day of their lives. Putting them in chains only increases that stress. It makes it difficult for them to concentrate, to confer with their attorneys and to communicate with me. Without the shackles, young people are noticeably better listeners and much more engaged in the process."--Darlene Byrne, Texas Judge and NCJFCJ President