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Miller v Alabama

Shame of the Nation: The Fight to Keep Children Locked Up for Life

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime
Heather Ann Thompson

Ending up here, with thousands of kids imprisoned for life, was by no means inevitable, or even predictable, when we look back in our nation's history. For much of the last two centuries, very few would have accepted the idea that the legal system should treat children exactly like adults, or that a child who breaks the law, even egregiously so, is unredeemable.

Saki Knafo

Why The U.S. Is Still The Only Country Where Youth Are Sentenced To Die In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

Two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered states to stop sending youth offenders to prison for the the rest of their lives without the possibility...

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.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Xavier McElrath-Bey | Posted 08.21.2013 | Crime
Xavier McElrath-Bey

My life course is a testament of the human potential for positive change, and I am in no way an exception. I personally know many individuals who have gone through similar experiences and are now living positive and productive lives.

Charged As An Adult

Posted 10.30.2012 | Denver

The 17-year-old who allegedly confessed to the murder and abduction of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was formally charged as an adult in Jefferson Coun...

Kagan's Elegant Principle: Children Are Different

Mark Osler | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

The idea that we can look at a 14-year-old and know that he will be evil his entire life reflects a dangerous certainty -- that we somehow know which children will be a danger in 30, 40 or 50 years. Perhaps most importantly, it runs against the beliefs of a faithful nation.

Kids Shouldn't Face Dying in Prison

Jason Baldwin | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Jason Baldwin

In 1994, I was sentenced to juvenile life without parole for a crime I did not commit. Had my life not changed last year, I would have died there. I don't want my country to tell any child that he or she is irredeemable.

See Something, Say Something

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

On June 25th, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama banned mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. This is a major victory for children and for America and a giant step forward for justice for children. Until this week, America was the only country in the world to routinely condemn children as young as 13 and 14 to die in prison. Now about two thousand people who were sentenced to die in prison as juveniles have hope for a new hearing and a new sentence. While it is disappointing that the Court did not ban the practice outright, we must keep working toward justice for children and end the devastating Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis that leads to marginalized lives, imprisonment, and premature death.

Justice Should Apply to All, Not Just Juveniles

Julie Stewart | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Julie Stewart

The Supreme Court held that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. The Court got the result right, but it was the reasoning of Justice Elena Kagan's majority opinion that grabbed my attention.

Mike Sacks

Justices Strike Down Life Without Parole For Teens Convicted Of Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday abolished the imposition of mandatory sentences of life without parole for all juveniles convicted of murder...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Takes On Life-Without-Parole Sentence For Teens Convicted Of Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2005, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for minors no matter how heinous the crime. In 2010, the justices drew the same line...

Mike Sacks

Justices Refuse To Hear Death Penalty Case Raising Racism Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday morning declined to hear a controversial death penalty case out of Texas and agreed to hear oral argument on...