Category Archives: Analysis

“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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The High Cost of a Youth Arrest

Recently D.C. Lawyers for Youth calculated that it cost $1000 to arrest and detain a youth in Washington, D.C., even though most young people are arrested for nonviolent offenses and fewer than half are actually charged with a crime. Here … Continue reading

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Why Obama Won: The Empathy Factor

My latest column, which also appears in the Huffington Post and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange: During this election season, my young daughters posed many questions that were difficult to answer.  What’s the difference between Democrats and Republicans?  Do politicians tell … Continue reading

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Juveniles and the Supreme Court: Conference at Loyola Law School 10/12/12

If folks are in the Los Angeles area on Friday, October 12, 2012, please try to attend a conference on “Juveniles and the Supreme Court” at Loyola Law School. Here is the schedule:   8:30 -9:00 am     Registration … 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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UCLA Law Review: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

The UCLA Law Review has published two notable articles on the topic of girls in the juvenile justice system as part of their 2012 symposium, Underprotected & Overpoliced: Women, Race & Criminalization. Both articles are available for free download from the … 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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Should Miller v. Alabama be applied retroactively?

The title of this post is a question that has yet to be definitively answered in the wake of Miller v. Alabama, in which the U.S. Supreme court ended mandatory life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders who have committed … Continue reading

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In the Wake of Miller v. Alabama, States Should Rethink How to Hold Youthful Offenders Accountable

The title of this post is the title of a recent op-ed appearing on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange by the wonderful Jody Kent Lavy of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. It begins as follows: Many states … Continue reading

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Shameful Treatment of Children in Mississippi is Not the Only Example of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The title of this post is the title of a column I have today at the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.  Here is how it opens: In recent years, juvenile justice advocates, lawyers, policy-makers, and reformers have increasingly sought to raise … Continue reading

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