Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP)

JLWOP Brief Bank

The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Center for Law and Global Justice are helping to shape national and international law in an effort to abolish juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) sentences in the United States. This is the harshest sentence an individual can receive short of death and violates international human rights standards of juvenile justice. Both organizations work with advocates and juvenile defenders to effectively challenge JLWOP sentences in U.S. courts with all available federal, state and international human rights laws.

The National Juvenile Defender Center and the Center for Law and Global Justice have created the JLWOP Brief Bank to assist lawyers in the fight against JLWOP. For more information, view Resources.

These materials are designed to aid you in your advocacy and litigation work to end JLWOP. If you have materials you would like to add to this portion of the site, please contact Connie de la Vega at the Center for Law and Global Justice at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

The cases and legal briefs provided in this area of the website are meant to demonstrate examples of international legal arguments presented in various cases in the United States and before the U.S. Supreme Court in proceedings challenging juvenile life and death sentences. Where materials are sought to be used, lawyers should contact the counsel affiliated with the individual cases. We emphasize here that these materials are not meant to provide lawyers or legal advocates with a comprehensive set of arguments that may be needed to effectively defend a client who is challenging particular state or federal statutes, or raising a challenge under the United States Constitution. For further briefing materials on Eighth Amendment or other legal arguments presented in these or other cases, counsel are recommended to contact the lawyers in the cases, or to refer to our website contact list of attorneys and advocates in the U.S. that have served as experts or counsel in key juvenile cases.

U.S. Supreme Court & Federal Cases

State Cases