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Advocates Laud Florida Supreme Court Decisions
3/20/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON — Juvenile justice advocates hailed Friday four key Florida Supreme Court decisions on life without parole and other extremely long sentences imposed on children. The decisions…
Florida Supreme Court Orders New Sentences in Juvenile Cases
3/20/2015, Orlando Sentinel
By Brendan Farrington
TALLAHASSEE — A 33-year-old woman serving life without parole for the murder of a Panama City-area cab driver when she was 15 will get a new sentence under a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court…
Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner's Department of Juvenile Justice says it will retool efforts to keep low-risk juvenile offenders out of state facilities and help those who are incarcerated…
Coalition for Juvenile Justice Publishes "Status Offenses: A National Survey"
3/19/2015, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
By Staff
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice has just published "Status Offenses: A National Survey," which examines existing status offense laws across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It details…
Florida Supreme Court Rules on Miller Retroactivity, Virtual Life Sentences
3/19/2015, Juvenile Law Center, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
By Staff
Via the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Florida Applies Miller Retroactively Today, the Supreme Court of Florida applied Miller v. Alabama retroactively. This means that the nearly 200…

Press releases

Rauner's juvenile justice team vows retooling to keep kids out of jail
3/20/2015, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
CHICAGO — Governor Bruce Rauner joined the Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ), Candice Jones, at an event to unveil the Department’s operational plan to reduce…

Op-eds and essays

OP-ED: New Guidelines for Juvenile Defense Attorneys 1 Step Forward for Young Defendants
3/11/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Jeff Howard
"Representing a child facing an extreme sentence requires a unique skill set and more resources, similar to those made available in capital cases. A defense attorney needs to foster a developmentally…
OP-ED: We Must Advocate for Juvenile Defense Attorneys
3/5/2015, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Judge George Timberlake, Ret.
"We need to advocate for juvenile defense attorneys in those arenas that can supply the support needed — to state legislators, governors, county boards and court systems... We must have…
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