Category Archives: Post-Conviction

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

States Respond to Supreme Court JLWOP Decision — Updated 7.19.12

As states are scrambling to respond to Miller v. Alabama , a number of law review articles have recently come out on Graham v. Florida, the 2010 Supreme Court decision that ended juvenile life without parole sentences for those convicted of … Continue reading

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Juvenile Justice on Appeal — article now available via SSRN

In the majority of states, juveniles do not have the right to trial by jury in delinquency court.  Instead, their cases, if contested, are decided by a single individual — the judge.  If you practice in juvenile delinquency court long … Continue reading

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Yale Law Journal Prison Law Writing Contest

This is a fabulous idea, and I look forward to reading the winning entries.  Please share this notice widely and go here for more info: The Yale Law Journal welcomes submissions for our first Prison Law Writing Contest. If you … Continue reading

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Keeping the Promise of Gault: Requiring Post-Adjudicatory Juvenile Defenders

The title of this post is the title of a new article in the Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law and Policy by Professor Megan F. Chaney (La Verne College of Law) on the need for post-adjudicatory juvenile defenders (available via … Continue reading

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NYT Editorial on Miller v. Alabama and Next Steps

Earlier this week, The New York Times published an editorial, A Moral Right to Counsel, on the next steps states and the federal government should take to implement Miller v. Alabama: About 2,000 juvenile offenders serving life sentences without parole can … Continue reading

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Adjudicated Juveniles and Collateral Relief

The title of this post is the title of a new article by Josh Tepfer (Northwestern) and Laura Nirider (Northwestern), appearing in the Maine Law Review.  Here is the abstract: Post-conviction relief is a vital part of the American justice … Continue reading

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