Topic Archive: Youth in Adult Court (JLWOP, Post-transfer, etc.)

Special Initiative: Youth in Adult Court

Please stay posted for specific recommendations generated by experts and stakeholders across the country to formulate innovative ideas and strategies for juvenile defenders no how to  provide zealous representation to youth in adult court.

Training Series: Representing Juveniles in Adult Court

REPRESENTING JUVENILES SERIES: The webinar series, produced in conjunction with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Juvenile Law Center, provides a review of some of the key concepts of adolescent development and ways to apply the science in cases of youth who are facing prosecution in adult courts. Adolescent Development 101: Overview…

Falcon v. State

NJDC and several other organizations signed onto an amicus brief filed by Juvenile Law Center at the Florida Supreme Court in support of Rebecca Lee Falcon, who was convicted of first degree murder for a crime she committed at age 15 and for which she received a life without parole sentence. Amici argued that Rebecca’s…

Graham v. Florida

In July 2009, NJDC along with dozens of other organizations co-signed a brief arguing that the sentence of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The brief, meant to represent the interests of the juvenile justice community and including dozens of amici nationwide, argued that the United States Supreme Court’s longstanding…

Miller v. Alabama; Jackson v. Hobbs

In January 2012, NJDC signed on to an amicus brief filed by Juvenile Law Center, the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, and several other interested organizations, in support of Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson, two men convicted of homicide offenses for crimes committed as juveniles, who had each received a mandatory life without parole…

Youth In Adult Court

While NJDC’s work focuses on the representation of youth in the delinquency system, many defenders must represent youth in both adult and juvenile court, as the number of youth tried as adults has increased drastically over the past two decades. Even though this trend runs contrary to the rehabilitative focus of the juvenile justice system,…

State Cases

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U.S. Supreme Court & Federal Cases

2012 JLWOP Jackson v. Hobbs Defendant Jackson challenges his sentence of life imprisonment without parole for felony murder occurring during a robbery incident less than three weeks after his 14th birthday. Specifically, Jackson asserts that the Eighth Amendment prohibit a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a 14-year-old child who was not the trigger…

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…

State Assessments

A cornerstone of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s work is to understand how juvenile defense is delivered around the country and to support excellence in the provision of those services. As part of that work, NJDC conducts state-specific assessments of youth access to, and the quality of, juvenile defense counsel when they come in contact…