Category Archives: Adult Court

Worse than Making Sausages

When I first moved to North Carolina nine years ago, I remember being shocked when I learned that juvenile court jurisdiction ended at age 16 for all purposes and with no exceptions.  This means that if your 16-year-old son or … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Juvenile Court, Legal Scholarship, North Carolina, State Laws | 3 Comments

Defending a Terror Suspect

Since the capture and arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (pictured on the left at his high school graduation in Cambridge, Massachusetts), the college sophomore charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, I have thought about another young man who was charged with … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Criminal /Juvenile Defense, Legal Profession, Media, Prosecutor's Role, Right to Counsel, Sentencing, Terrorism cases | Leave a comment

“Children are Different:” Constitutional Values and Justice Policy

The title of this post is the title of a notable new law review essay by Professor Elizabeth Scott of Columbia Law School, which is forthcoming in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.  The article is posted and available via … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Analysis, Legal Scholarship, Miller v. Alabama, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court | 3 Comments

Sara Kruzan — Originally Sentenced to JLWOP — is Eligible for Parole

With the 2012 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, striking down mandatory JLWOP for homicide, there has been increased optimism that the U.S. has turned a corner in the inhumane sentencing of youth. Although the decision did not affect … Continue reading

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Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles who Kill

My latest for the Huffington Post: In the 1993 book Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean tells the story of people directly impacted by capital punishment — convicted murderers counting down to their own executions, wardens and guards dutifully operating the … Continue reading

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Posted in Adult Court, Death Penalty, Juveniles, Miller v. Alabama, Post-Conviction, Sentencing, U.S. Supreme Court | 2 Comments

Changing our Response to Infanticide

My latest column posted at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is inspired by recent headlines: The facts are still coming in. All we know is what the media is reporting: a newborn is dead, a 14 year-old girl has been … Continue reading

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Playground to Prison Infographic from the Campaign for Youth Justice

Please check out these statistics regarding the numbers of youth in the adult criminal justice system.  Powerful. by jasonkillinger. Learn about business intelligence tools. Visit the website of the Campaign for Youth Justice and check out their excellent new PSA … Continue reading

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What You May Have Missed

With the academic year now in full swing at the law school where I teach, I’ve been swamped — classes, juvenile court appearances, faculty meetings (!), etc. In reflecting back on the past week or so, I’ve found a bunch … Continue reading

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The Age of the Child

This week’s column from Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE): When I first began practicing in juvenile delinquency court in North Carolina eight years ago, I was shocked to discover that the maximum age of jurisdiction is 15. This means if … Continue reading

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Sentencing Youth as Adults Harms Us All

The title of this post is the title of my op-ed, published today at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  This is how it begins: On August 15, 2012, when most teenagers were enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation, … Continue reading

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