Author Archives: Tamar Birckhead

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Charged as an Adult because an Adult When Charged

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School-Los Angeles A curious case from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals decided last month held that a juvenile was properly tried and sentenced as an adult for a crime committed … Continue reading

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Erasing Adolescence

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School|Los Angeles One of the urban legends of childhood is that individuals get a clean slate when they turn 18. Of course, like many urban legends, it’s not entirely false. Policies linked to a clean … Continue reading

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Juvenile Defense: Small Steps can have Ripple Effects, One Case at a Time

Recently I was in juvenile delinquency court in North Carolina with one of my clients, whom I’ll call Alexis. The 13-year-old African-American girl had just heard from the judge that she would continue to be detained in a juvenile jail … Continue reading

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Juvenile Sentencing Schemes after Miller v. Alabama

By John Mills and Jennifer Breen The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama continues to create ripple effects throughout the nation’s legal system, several years after it was decided. The narrow holding of Miller was that the Eighth … Continue reading

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Robbed of Childhood and Chances: Ferguson and Beyond

By Mae Quinn, Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis When I was a teen I fought viciously with my sister, hung out in places I should not have been, and walked the streets with my friends. A white … Continue reading

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Youth and Interrogation

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Advocates, courts, and policymakers across the nation are considering how far the Supreme Court’s “children are different in a way that matters” criminal justice jurisprudence should extend. One of … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court Throws Out Life Sentences for Juveniles

The Florida State Supreme Court unanimously ruled on March 19, 2015, that all of Florida’s juveniles convicted of homicide who received automatic sentences of life in prison must be resentenced under a state law passed in 2014. The long-awaited ruling answers the … Continue reading

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No Perfect Victim

By Sarah Smith, JD, and Carlene Gonzalez, Ph.D., in conjunction with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Most people would agree that the victim of a crime is the last person who deserves to be judged. Yet … Continue reading

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Perceiving Adolescence

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School|Los Angeles The challenge of demarcating adolescence from childhood and adulthood comes mainly from figuring out when it ends. 18 has been the traditional end point, but many experts increasingly view adolescence as … Continue reading

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25 Year-Old Adolescents?

By Kevin Lapp, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School|Los Angeles Adolescents are neither children nor adults. But who falls within the category of adolescents? Given the great advantages of age-based distinctions in clarity and efficiency, when does adolescence start … Continue reading

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