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“When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence."

The Truth about Juvenile False Confessions

"In a 2014 survey of law enforcement, almost all officers reported frequently using the same interrogation techniques on minors as on adults."

Controversial law charges people with murder for death at others' hand

"The felony murder rule, particularly as applied to minors, has no shortage of critics. Some legal experts argue that, much like other sweeping changes in how juveniles are treated in the criminal courts, the law should be curtailed or eliminated."

Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview

 "Most of the approximately 2,500 individuals sentenced as juveniles to life without the possibility of parole now have a chance for release in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions. The choice to allow teenagers to receive the harshest available sentence is not shared among all states. Sixteen states have banned life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles; in a handful of other states, no one is serving the sentence."

Judge wants fresh start for once ‘irredeemable’ girl

"Jennifer was once considered irredeemable. Now I, the same judge who said she would die in prison, believe she deserves an opportunity to demonstrate her change before a proper parole or resentencing entity. She proves that we can never predict who a child will become as an adult and that we are all more than the worst thing that we have ever done."

Report Cites Failure to Act Against Abusers of Juveniles in Detention

"For more than a decade, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics has conducted anonymous surveys of youngsters in custody. Those surveys have produced startling estimates: that some 10 percent of children in detention have reported sexual abuse by either staff or peers, often repeatedly, and often at the hands of female guards who victimize boys."

Addressing trauma in juvenile offenders should be larger focus of rehabilitation, study finds

"For this study, Case Western Reserve researchers reviewed data from 2,200 Midwestern youths with behavioral health issues in the justice system. Many of the youths live in disadvantaged neighborhoods, which are more likely to have higher rates of crime."

Fewer adult and juvenile inmates going to solitary

"A report released Tuesday by the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, a legislative watchdog agency, showed the overall rate of solitary confinement at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the adult prison system, dropped nearly 22 percent from 2011 to 2015."

Dean Strang Interviews Bryan Stevenson, An "Exceptional" Trial Lawyer

"Most trial lawyers engage, daily, with the emotions and vices that underlie human conflict—anger, jealousy, greed, spite. Some do more than engage: They adopt these vices. Bryan Stevenson is the rare exception. He has dedicated his life to healing anger and fear, and bringing light to the darkest corners of our criminal justice system."

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."


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