Author Archives: Tamar Birckhead

About Tamar Birckhead

Law

Book Review: Letters to a Lifer — the Boy “Never to be Released”

By David Pasley, UNC Law 2017 Letters to a Lifer: the Boy “Never to be Released” by Cindy Sanford, with a foreword by Jeanne Bishop, is a powerful and touching narrative that illustrates the folly of life sentences for juvenile … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Guest Blogger, Juveniles, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, Uncategorized, Victimized Children, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Book Review: Letters to a Lifer — the Boy “Never to be Released”

Right to Counsel in Nonpayment Hearings

In my last post, I discussed the phenomenon that I call “the new peonage,” in which criminal justice debt creates a two-tiered system of justice in our juvenile and criminal courtrooms.  One of my proposals for reform is to establish the … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Court, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Poverty, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Right to Counsel, U.S. Supreme Court, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Right to Counsel in Nonpayment Hearings

The New Peonage

On November 24, 2004, a thirteen-year-old boy named Taylor M. and several other boys in Ventura County, California, threw rocks at construction equipment owned by to J&S Excavating [J&S]. After another boy threw a firecracker into a bulldozer, Taylor shut its door, … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Court, Analysis, Juvenile Court, Legal History, Legal Scholarship, Poverty, Race, Class, Ethnicity, U.S. Supreme Court | 1 Comment

U.S. Dept. of Justice Focuses on Juvenile Justice

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School-Los Angeles The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has recently been focusing some significant attention on the administration of juvenile justice. In 2012, it released a report on the … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Blogger, Juvenile Court, Race, Class, Ethnicity, Right to Counsel, School to Prison Pipeline | 1 Comment

No Substitute for Learning from Experience

I currently practice as a juvenile defense attorney in three different counties in North Carolina. As a faculty member in the Youth Justice Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Law, I assign cases to third-year law students … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Clinical Legal Education, International Law, Juvenile Court, Law Students, Uncategorized | Comments Off on No Substitute for Learning from Experience

North Carolina House Bill 879: An Unlikely Smooth Ride to Reform

By Eric J. Zogry, the State Juvenile Defender for North Carolina In June 2015, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 879 into law.  While there was no ceremony and little press, the new “Juvenile Justice Reform Bill” contained … Continue reading

Posted in Advocacy, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Guest Blogger, Juvenile Court, North Carolina, State Laws, Uncategorized | Comments Off on North Carolina House Bill 879: An Unlikely Smooth Ride to Reform

Prisoners in Isolation: In Davis v. Ayala, Justice Anthony Kennedy issues a call to action in his discussion of Solitary Confinement

On March 3, 2015, at the conclusion of oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Davis v. Ayala, No. 13-1428 (U.S. Jun 18, 2015), Justice Anthony Kennedy asked Hector Ayala’s lawyer, Anthony Dain, a question that the justice … Continue reading

Posted in Case Law, Conditions of Confinement, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Notes from the Field: Juvenile Court and the Children who End Up There

By Kellie Mannette, Esq. Law Office of Kellie Mannette, PLLC, Chapel Hill, North Carolina It’s been two and a half years since I first met a child I will call Greg. At the time, he was barely 14 and charged … Continue reading

Posted in Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Guest Blogger, Juvenile Court, Juveniles, North Carolina, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Notes from the Field: Juvenile Court and the Children who End Up There

We Must Stop Criminalizing Adolescence

Recently I represented a 14-year-old boy, who I’ll call Wayne, in a local juvenile court in North Carolina. Upon entering the courthouse, Wayne, who was alleged to be “undisciplined,” had to walk past court officers and go through the metal … Continue reading

Posted in Delinquency, Juvenile Court, Juveniles | Comments Off on We Must Stop Criminalizing Adolescence

KIDS in Jail: Narrative Nonfiction about Youth Incarceration

By Jane Guttman, Correctional Educator and Author This story emerged from my work inside a juvenile hall school for the past 14 years.  I have seen a range of incidents, cruelty, and traumas that kids have endured in the juvenile … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Conditions of Confinement, Guest Blogger, Juveniles, Sentencing, Uncategorized | 2 Comments