January 3, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 5-1 last week that the requirement that all sex offenders who were juveniles at the time of their crimes must remain on the Megan's Law Registry for life is unconstitutional. The court upheld a 2013 decision by a York County judge that struck down portions of ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court ruled last year in Miller v. Alabama that the Eighth ...[read more]
June 20, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 20, 2008, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that juvenile criminal defendants have a constitutionally protected right to a jury trial in the state, reversed a 1984 ruling by the same court. The court found that under the then-recently revised Kansas Juvenile Justice Code, juvenile proceedings ...[read more]
January 31, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Wednesday that sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole is unconstitutional. Judge John Corbett O'Meara found that last year's Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that mandatory life ...[read more]
December 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Friday approved a settlement of almost $18 million in a lawsuit brought by juveniles who were allegedly wrongfully incarcerated by two judges. The county judges, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan, were accused of taking ...[read more]
December 10, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
The US answered to allegations that it has illegally detained juveniles in a prison in Afghanistan in a recent report given to the UN Committee on Rights of the Child. The report was released in response to several inquiries regarding US compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that sentencing minors to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment, will not apply retroactively. The appeals court ruled that the Supreme ...[read more]
September 7, 2012
by Cody Harding
On September 7, 2011, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld a ruling that juveniles convicted of murder may be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. The defendant, Kenneth Loggins, was originally sentenced to death for murdering a hitchhiker in 1994. Loggins was 17 at ...[read more]
June 26, 2012
by Elizabeth Imbarlina
JURIST Senior Editor Elizabeth Imbarlina, University of Pittsburgh School of Law Class of 2014, argues that the US Supreme Court's reasoning in Miller v. Alabama can be extended to abolish life in prison without the possibility of parole sentences for all juvenile homicide offenders...(Her ...[read more]
June 25, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 in two combined cases that mandatory life sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, the court was asked to consider the life sentences of two 14-year- ...[read more]

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