Category Archives: U.S. Supreme Court

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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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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Juvenile Lifers: Reason for Hope

On December 1, 2014, the Supreme Court again deflected an effort to clarify whether its landmark 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama banning mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles should be applied retroactively. It was the second time this … Continue reading

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Let’s Change How Police Question Young Suspects

When I had been practicing in North Carolina’s juvenile courts for about a year, I represented a client charged in the same case as a 13-year-old special-education student named J.D.B. I remember sitting in a large courtroom and watching J.D.B.’s public … Continue reading

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Closing the Widening Net: The Rights of Juveniles at Intake

Should juveniles have more, fewer, the same or different procedural rights than are accorded to adults?  This question, posed by Professor Arnold Loewy for a panel at the 2013 Texas Tech Law Review Symposium on Juveniles and Criminal Law, requires … Continue reading

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Life Without Parole: Why it Must End for Youth

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) with various partners has recently produced a very effective infographic that they introduce with the following text: In light of the June 25, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that … Continue reading

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“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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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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