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ABA calls for end to life-without-parole sentences for kids

The American Bar Association (ABA), the country’s foremost legal membership organization representing nearly 400,000 prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys and other lawyers, today approved a resolution calling for an end to the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without parole and urging “meaningful periodic opportunities for release.” In approving this resolution, the ABA demonstrates […]

Voices: Convening was 'life-changing' experience

By Charleston J. White Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN) member Fort Worth, Texas Having the opportunity to attend the CFSY National Convening this year was a life-changing event for me. I was convicted of murder when I was 14. I was adjudicated as a child and there was the expectation that I could and would be […]

Convening culminates five years of successful work

Dear Friends, We are thrilled to share this final issue of our newsletter in 2014, which focuses on our National Convening and provides some updates on recent activity in the courts and legislatures. The Convening, which was held last month, brought together more than 100 advocates, litigators, formerly incarcerated youth, family members both of people […]

Letters to a Lifer tells of change that came from knowing a person serving JLWOP

In Letters to a Lifer, Cindy Sanford of Pennsylvania writes about how she went from “tough on crime” to believing that children–even those convicted of serious crimes–can change and be rehabilitated. Sanford, who describes herself as politically conservative, has been around law enforcement her entire life. Her grandfather was a New York City police officer and […]

U.S. Supreme Court allows Illinois ruling that held Miller retroactive to stand

The U.S. Supreme Court on December 1 let stand the Illinois Supreme Court’s ruling in People v. Davis, which found that Miller v. Alabama applies retroactively. This means that approximately 80 people given mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole as children in Illinois will be immediately eligible for resentencing. The state’s highest court found […]

South Carolina holds Miller retroactive

South Carolina has become the ninth state to determine that the Miller v. Alabama decision should be applied retroactively. The ruling by the South Carolina Supreme Court means that dozens of people who were sentenced as children to life without parole will now have an opportunity for review. The ruling applies to people whose sentences […]

Wyoming holds Miller retroactive

The Wyoming Supreme Court has issued a two-fold victory in Wyoming v. Mares for individuals sentenced as children to life in prison. The Wyoming Supreme Court held that Miller v. Alabama should apply retroactively.  Additionally, the Court affirmed that a Wyoming law enacted last year that provides that any child sentenced to life imprisonment is eligible for parole after […]

American Correctional Association opposes JLWOP

The American Correctional Association (ACA) has passed a resolution opposing the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The ACA is comprised of more than 20,000 individuals and organizations around the world in all facets of the corrections profession. It is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in […]