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March 25, 2013

In Memory of Sharon Wiggins, a Child 45 Years Ago Sentenced to Die in Prison

posted by Juvenile Law Center

This past September, Sharon Wiggins told Philadelphia Daily News reporter Dana Filippo about her dreams:

"I want to know how it feels to sit with my sister and have a cup of coffee…  to walk down the street… to sit in the car and hear the rain just beat down."

Unfortunately, Sharon will never get that chance. She died of heart failure in prison on March 24th at the age of 62.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)
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March 22, 2013

Important Report Tonight, March 22, on Solitary Confinement of Kids in Adult Prisons and Jails

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Tonight, on "Rock Center with Brian Williams," Ted Koppel will report on the solitary confinement of kids in adult prisons and jails—an all-too-common practice that Juvenile Law Center strongly opposes.

Tags:Ending Solitary Confinement|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|News and Announcements
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March 18, 2013

From Gideon to Gault ... to What? How Much Has Really Changed?

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Fifty years ago today, a homeless 51-year-old with an eighth-grade education, a pencil, and a pad of paper sparked one of the most significant advances in the rights of indigent criminal defendants in United States legal history. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unanimously that criminal defendants facing significant jail time had a right to court-appointed counsel if they could not afford to retain counsel on their own. But how much has really changed?

Tags:Access to Counsel|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Luzerne Kids for Cash Scandal
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March 07, 2013

Letter to Human Rights Commission Presents Reasons Why Children Should Not Be Imprisoned in Adult Facilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center submitted a letter to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on the human rights implications of imprisoning children in adult facilities in the United States. The IACHR, a regional body that ensures compliance with regional standards and international corpus juris (or "body of law"), will hold a hearing on this issue on March 11.

Our letter argues that children should not be incarcerated in adult facilities for the following reasons.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Transfers to the Adult System
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March 05, 2013

National Stakeholders Identify Deficiencies in Education for Youth in the Justice System

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile Law Center, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance, Racial Justice Initiative, and Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaborative, is convening regional meetings in cities including Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta to discuss the quality of education for youth in facilities. Leaders in education and juvenile justice from each region will strive to identify promising and effective strategies for improving the quality of education for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Juvenile and Criminal Justice
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