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How Can 12-Year-Olds Be Adults?

Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D. | Posted 08.04.2016 | Crime
Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

In 2014, two 12-year-old girls were alleged to have stabbed a classmate to please an Internet based fictional villain called Slenderman. This week, a Wisconsin state appeals court ruled that these young girls will be tried as adults. Yes, you read that right. Tried as adults.

Juvenile Records Create Major Hurdles, Says Study

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 07.14.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

The United States has no national standard for how juvenile records are dealt with, and no states earned a five-star rating from the Juvenile Law Center, a national public interest law firm that ensures child welfare.

Bill Would Grant Parole Option To People Sentenced To Life As Juveniles

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

A new bill that's made its way through Louisiana's Senate would grant parole to people who were sentenced to life in prison as juveniles. The state Se...

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Adults and Juveniles Should Not Mix In Prison

Yosha Gunasekera | Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime
Yosha Gunasekera

It's time to stop jailing juveniles in adult facilities. The treatment of juveniles in the criminal justice system is alarming. They frequently do not have access to rehabilitative services. We cannot keep children safe in adult prisons.

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

'Scared Straight': A Good Idea

Stacey Honowitz | Posted 10.28.2012 | Crime
Stacey Honowitz

The courtroom has become the theater. Some kids are so used to being coddled that they never believe they could end up being "in custody." They think that getting a "good lawyer" will walk them out of the courtroom and out of responsibility.

Community Justice, Not Criminal Justice

Kaile Shilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

In rejecting the ban on juvenile life without parole sentences the California State Assembly missed an opportunity to bring our state into line with the rest of the Western world.

Sentencing Kids to "Life or Meth"

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don McNay

"People don't you understand, the child needs a helping hand." - Elvis Presley. I walked by a car in a parking lot that had a sticker on it that r...