Children and the Law Posts
Distinguishing ‘Incorrigibility’ From ‘Transient Immaturity’: Risk Assessment in the Context of Sentencing/Resentencing Evaluations for Juvenile Homicide OffendersJaymes V. Fairfax-Columbo, Sarah Fishel and David DeMatteo
n two recent cases, the United States Supreme Court abolished mandatory juvenile life without parole (LWOP; Miller v. Alabama, 2012) and held that the ban applies retroactively (Montgomery v. Louisiana, 2016). Pointedly, the Court suggested that juveniles should only be sentenced to LWOP when they are ‘incorrigible’ or ‘irreparably corrupt.’
Unlike other children, Native American children can be tried and sentenced in tribal, state or federal justice systems. Once they make contact with the justice system, Native youth face unique complications that many don’t understand[.]
This paper is of a combined character; summary and research, as it contains comparisons and research in a critical way, so it includes content and important psychological aspects of criminal actions that lead the juvenile person to conflict with the law, including factors which directly or indirectly affect this category of society to be involved in criminal activity.
Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice Holds Teleconference Hearing on Juvenile JusticePauline Toboulidis
President Trump’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice held a hearing on juvenile justice over three days (May 5 to 7) via teleconference.
The article “Justices Put Juvenile Sentencing Back On The Front Burner” from Law360 discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case Jones v. Mississippi.
An article for Law360 Access to Justice entitled “Wanted In Pennsylvania: A Fairer Justice System For Minors” examines Pennsylvania’s current juvenile justice system practices and the state’s plans for review and reform.
A California lawmaker argues that 18- and 19-year-olds aren’t mature enough to do prison time if they break the law, and so she has submitted a bill that would treat them like juveniles.
At its meeting in Philadelphia on January 16 and 17, the ALI Council reviewed drafts for ten projects.
A new study (conducted by Leslie Paik and Chiara Packard at the request of Juvenile Law Center) takes a deep look at Dane County, Wisconsin, and helps to explain why juvenile court costs are so problematic and so likely to increase, rather than decrease, recidivism.
The law governing children is complex, sometimes appearing almost incoherent. The relatively simple framework established in the Progressive era, in which parents had primary authority over children, subject to limited state oversight, has broken down over the past few decades.