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January 25, 2018

“Thoughts from a Formerly Condemned Man-Child”: Aaron "Abd'Allah Lateef" Phillips Reflects on Miller and Montgomery Rulings

posted by Aaron "Abd'Allah Lateef" Phillips

Today marks the second anniversary of the monumental, ground-breaking, life-altering landmark decision which literally changed the trajectory of my life -- and that of several hundred life-sentenced children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who were disappeared from society due to Pennsylvania's mandatory sentencing scheme which required all offenders (including children tried as adults) to be sentenced to a term of life without the possibility of parole -- otherwise known as "death by incarceration" upon conviction for criminal acts that resulted in homicide.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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August 16, 2017

Mandatory Minimums, Maximum Consequences

posted by Emily Steiner, Legal Intern, Juvenile Law Center

The revival of strong mandatory sentencing schemes matches the “tough on crime” approach touted by the Trump administration. While mandatory minimums negatively impact all individuals involved in the criminal justice system, youth particularly face long-term consequences. The imposition of mandatory minimums exacerbates the harms that youth face in the adult criminal justice system and forces children to grow up within a system that lacks age-appropriate education and treatment to address their rehabilitative potential.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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June 28, 2017

Commonwealth v. Batts: We Won!

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Commonwealth v. Batts that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in Batts and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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January 12, 2017

Setting the Stage for Success in 2017: 2016 Year-End Highlights

posted by Executive Director, Susan V. Mangold; Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Marsha Levick

Happy New Year! While we are preparing to confront new challenges in 2017, we ended 2016 with some important wins in some of our key issue areas: reducing transfer to adult court, ending juvenile life-without-parole and other extreme sentencing, and improving educational access and success for foster youth and justice system-involved youth.

Tags:Access to Education|Cost of Justice|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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January 28, 2016

President's Ban on Solitary Confinement is a Model for States

posted by Juvenile Law Center

We applaud President Obama’s leadership in eliminating solitary confinement and promoting developmentally appropriate, evidence-based policies and practices as the standard in all federal and state juvenile justice facilities.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)|Mental Health Treatment|Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy
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