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.
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.
More than 300 people in prison could benefit from the policy.
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.
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.
The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.
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.
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.
I've seen the success story in my city. The person who had the "Drug Courts Work" sticker on their car must have had a reason