How will States Handle Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole? News Roundup
By David Backes, August 30 2013
Juvenile Justice Reform
- [OPINION] In Juvenile Justice, Kids Need Protection from False Confessions (The Christian Science Monitor)
A third of false confessions come from youths under 18. Youths are more easily intimidated and less adept at understanding the ramifications of their statements than adults. They should not be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
- How will States Handle Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole? (USA Today)
Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life sentences for offenders under 18 are cruel and unusual punishment, and therefore unconstitutional. In the wake of that decision, a federal court this month ruled that Hill and more than 300 other Michigan juvenile lifers are entitled to a parole hearing.
- Bryan Stevenson Optimistic About Juvenile Justice Trends, But Work Remains (JJIE.org)
The man who took the fight against life without parole sentences for juveniles to the U.S. Supreme Court said he is optimistic about juvenile justice trends, but said there is much work to do in a few areas, most especially around housing youth in adult lockups. Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., also said the number of states that try juveniles as adults is a problem.