Blog http://jlc.org/blog/all/76 en Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: New Juvenile Law Center Report Addresses Barriers for Youth in Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System http://jlc.org/blog/navigating-path-successful-career-new-juvenile-law-center-report-addresses-barriers-youth-foste <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_217.jpg?1503003485" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2017-08-18 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/jump-1.jpg?1503003485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As summer comes to a close, many teens around the country are wrapping up one of the first steps in their “career pathway”: a summer job. These short-term positions are not just a pastime; <a href="https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/120_Youth_Employment.pdf">research</a> shows that summer employment reduces dropout rates, improves long-term employment prospects, and decreases the chance of future involvement in the criminal justice system.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As summer comes to a close, many teens around the country are wrapping up one of the first steps in their “career pathway”: a summer job. These short-term positions are not just a pastime; research shows that summer employment reduces dropout rates, improves long-term employment prospects, and decreases the chance of future involvement in the criminal justice system.</p> <p>In a new report funded by the Lenfest Foundation, Juvenile Law Center takes a focused look at the barriers to career pathways that system-involved youth encounter. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the Philadelphia community, the report offers five strategies to improve access to career-focused programs and early work experiences for youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/navigating-path-successful-career-new-juvenile-law-center-report-addresses-barriers-youth-foste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Ban the Box Child Welfare and Foster Care Community and School Reentry Juvenile and Criminal Justice Second Chances Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:23:12 +0000 admin 8198 at http://jlc.org Mandatory Minimums, Maximum Consequences http://jlc.org/blog/mandatory-minimums-maximum-consequences <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_214.jpg?1502826852" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Steiner, Legal Intern, Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2017-08-16 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="400" height="209" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/no-future-blog.jpg?1502826852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><em>Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/1858459388/</em></span></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The revival of strong mandatory sentencing schemes matches the “tough on crime” approach touted by the Trump administration. While mandatory minimums negatively impact all individuals involved in the criminal justice system, youth particularly face long-term consequences. The imposition of mandatory minimums exacerbates the harms that youth face in the adult criminal justice system and forces children to grow up within a system that lacks age-appropriate education and treatment to address their rehabilitative potential.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/mandatory-minimums-maximum-consequences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:59:14 +0000 admin 8195 at http://jlc.org White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville http://jlc.org/blog/white-supremacist-violence-charlottesville <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_215.jpg?1502828922" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-08-15 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/igor-ovsyannykov-223082.jpg?1502828922" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As an organization serving all youth impacted by the child welfare and justice systems, Juvenile Law Center forcefully condemns the white supremacist violence and hatred from this past weekend in Charlottesville. Racism in our country, which has been a part of our history and legacy, was there before this weekend’s brutal display and remains after. Many young people we advocate for are targets for this kind of extremism. This has no place in our society.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As an organization serving all youth impacted by the child welfare and justice systems, Juvenile Law Center forcefully condemns the white supremacist violence and hatred from this past weekend in Charlottesville. Racism in our country, which has been a part of our history and legacy, was there before this weekend’s brutal display and remains after. Many young people we advocate for are targets for this kind of extremism. This has no place in our society. We advocate for all youth in the justice and child welfare systems and know youth of color, youth with disabilities and LGBT youth are overrepresented in these systems. We are committed to standing with all youth we serve and represent, and for a more just world in which such despicable hatred is unacceptable.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/white-supremacist-violence-charlottesville" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice News and Announcements Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:01:04 +0000 admin 8196 at http://jlc.org NCJFCJ’s Resolution Commits the Judiciary to Play a Pivotal Role in Seeing and Addressing the Risk of Homelessness That So Many Court Involved Youth Face http://jlc.org/blog/ncjfcj%E2%80%99s-resolution-commits-judiciary-play-pivotal-role-seeing-and-addressing-risk-homelessness <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_216.jpg?1502823791" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2017-08-11 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On July 15th, 2017, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges adopted a RESOLUTION ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF HOMELESS YOUTH AND FAMILIES IN JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURTS. This is a groundbreaking resolution that explicitly acknowledges the relationship between child welfare and juvenile justice system involvement and homelessness. It commits the judiciary to take a leadership role to reduce the chances that youth will enter these systems because of homelessness or leave these systems and become homeless. This is an important step that will be a catalyst for policy and practice changes that will benefit court-involved youth as they transition to adulthood.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/ncjfcj%E2%80%99s-resolution-commits-judiciary-play-pivotal-role-seeing-and-addressing-risk-homelessness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Child Welfare and Foster Care Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:11:39 +0000 admin 8194 at http://jlc.org Making a Truly Healthy Transition to Adulthood Relies on a Strong Medicaid Program and Our Commitment to Enhance Access to Quality Care http://jlc.org/blog/making-truly-healthy-transition-adulthood-relies-strong-medicaid-program-and-our-commitment-enh <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_213.jpg?1501920779" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jennifer Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 2017-08-04 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="331" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/couple-598315_1920.jpg?1501920779" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/ccai/2017_Foster_Youth_Internship_Program%C2%AE_Report.pdf" target="_blank">Unlocking Potential: The Strength of Our Stories as the Key to Child Welfare Reform </a>was released in July 2017. It is the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2017 Foster Youth Internship Program Report and contains 12 recommendations for reforming the child welfare system. The Chronicle of Social Change has been spotlighting each of the 12 recommendations and providing commentary.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><span style="color: #565656; font-family: source-sans-pro, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;">Meeting a young person’s health and behavioral health needs is foundational to a successful transition to adulthood. If these needs are not met, it is hard to meet other goals like working, going to school, and taking care of family. Making sure these needs are adequately addressed is a significant foster care and aging out issue because of the large numbers of youth in foster care who do have behavioral health challenges and have been exposed to trauma.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/making-truly-healthy-transition-adulthood-relies-strong-medicaid-program-and-our-commitment-enh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Healthcare Child Welfare and Foster Care Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care) Older Youth with Disabilities Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Trauma and Trauma Informed Advocacy Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:28:53 +0000 admin 8175 at http://jlc.org Unlocking Youth: New Report on Ending Youth Solitary http://jlc.org/blog/unlocking-youth-new-report-ending-youth-solitary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_212.jpg?1501784209" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 2017-08-03 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="300" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/Life-in-Box-600v2.png?1501784209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center released a new report on solitary confinement in youth prisons and legal strategies to end the practice nationwide. Juvenile Law Center surveyed public defenders and interviewed youth, their families, and correctional facility administrators to shed light the reality of youth solitary confinement.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Juvenile Law Center released a new report on solitary confinement in juvenile facilities and legal strategies to end the practice nationwide. Juvenile Law Center surveyed public defenders and interviewed youth, their families, and correctional facility administrators to shed light the reality of youth solitary confinement.</p> <p>More and more people agree that solitary confinement hurts kids and goes against the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system. However, Juvenile Law Center’s research revealed that solitary is still too common. Almost half of youth prisons report isolating kids to control their behavior. More than two-thirds of public defenders responding to the survey reported having clients who spent time in solitary. The conditions kids face in solitary are truly appalling: no mattresses or sheets to sleep on, no showers, no eating utensils, and no mental health treatment.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/unlocking-youth-new-report-ending-youth-solitary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ending Solitary Confinement Juvenile and Criminal Justice Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:58:38 +0000 admin 8173 at http://jlc.org Tips and Legal Strategies to Support Youth with Disabilities http://jlc.org/blog/tips-and-legal-strategies-support-youth-disabilities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_211.jpg?1501099332" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2017-07-26 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare system, and planning for their transition out of care and into a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Juvenile Law Center produced a four-part webinar series that provides tips and legal strategies to help support child welfare-involved youth as they prepare for that transition. &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Youth with disabilities are significantly overrepresented in the child welfare system, and planning for their transition out of care and into a successful adulthood presents unique challenges. Juvenile Law Center produced a four-part webinar series that provides tips and legal strategies to help support child welfare-involved youth as they prepare for that transition.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/tips-and-legal-strategies-support-youth-disabilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Access to Healthcare Child Welfare and Foster Care Extended Care and Reentry (Foster Care) Fostering Connections Normalcy for Foster Youth Older Youth with Disabilities Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:59:48 +0000 admin 8169 at http://jlc.org A Powerful Tool for Change in the Child Welfare and Justice Systems: The Americans with Disabilities Act http://jlc.org/blog/powerful-tool-change-child-welfare-and-justice-systems-americans-disabilities-act <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_210.jpg?1500471475" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 2017-07-18 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="450" height="235" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/wheelchair_0.jpg?1500471475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Image credit: "<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/comedynose/7449676884/in/photostream/" target="_blank">Project 366 #178: 260612 Speedy Wheels!</a>" by Pete, licensed via <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode" target="_blank">Attribution Generic 2.0</a></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;"> </span></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Twenty-seven years ago this month, Congress enacted the <a href="http://www.ada.gov/2010_regs.htm"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Americans with Disabilities Act</strong></span></a> (ADA) into law. This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and requires that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live, work, and access services in the community to the same degree as their non-disabled peers. The ADA requires reasonable accommodations be made so that differently-abled people may lead full, rich lives. These protections apply to <em>everyone</em> with a disability – including young people in the child welfare and juvenile justice system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/powerful-tool-change-child-welfare-and-justice-systems-americans-disabilities-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Access to Education Access to Healthcare Coveredtil26 (Health Insurance) Child Welfare and Foster Care Juvenile and Criminal Justice Mental Health Treatment Normalcy for Foster Youth Older Youth with Disabilities Permanency (Foster Care) Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care) Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:25:50 +0000 admin 8153 at http://jlc.org Making Sure Youth Are Seen - And Heard - In Court http://jlc.org/blog/making-sure-youth-voices-are-heard-court <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_209.jpg?1500323669" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 2017-07-17 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="300" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/YFC-Harrisburg-2017.png?1500323669" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 12px;"><em>Above: Youth Fostering Change advocates, Anthony and Selena met with Sandra Moore and Stephenie Strayer from the Office of Children and Families in the Courts. Left to right: Marcia Hopkins, Youth Advocacy Program Manager; Stephenie Strayer, Judicial Program Analyst; Sandra Moore, Director; Anthony, youth advocate; Selena, youth advocate; Cathy Moffa, Youth Advocacy Program Manager; Jennifer Pokempner, Director of Child Welfare Policy; Dominique Mikell, Stoneliegh Fellow.</em></span></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yesterday, Youth Fostering Change traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to present their finalized court participation tools and recommendations to Sandra Moore, Director of the Office of Children and Families in the Courts, and Stephenie Strayer, Judicial Program Analyst. Ms. Moore and Ms. Strayer were excited to hear about the project and supported the youth advocates’ recommendations.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/making-sure-youth-voices-are-heard-court" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Youth Fostering Change Child Welfare and Foster Care Youth Engagement Programs Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:20:14 +0000 admin 8151 at http://jlc.org Commonwealth v. Batts: We Won! http://jlc.org/blog/commonwealth-v-batts-we-won <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-masthead-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_masthead_image" width="1040" height="214" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/masthead_images/PursuingJustice_208.jpg?1498662727" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Juvenile Law Center </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 2017-06-28 00:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-post-image"> <div class="field-label">Image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_blog_post_image" width="600" height="314" alt="" src="http://jlc.org/sites/default/files/blog_post_images/pa-state-capitolbldg2_1.jpg?1498662727" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in <em><a href="http://jlc.org/legal-docket/commonwealth-v-batts" style="color: #f6992f;">Commonwealth v. Batts</a></em> that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in <em>Batts</em> and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-label">Teaser:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled in <em>Commonwealth v. Batts</em> that, before a child can be sentenced to life without parole, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the youth is permanently incorrigible. Juvenile Law Center filed amicus briefs in <em>Batts</em> and argued the case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2012 and 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://jlc.org/blog/commonwealth-v-batts-we-won" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Juvenile and Criminal Justice Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:10:37 +0000 admin 8135 at http://jlc.org