U.S. Supreme Court Deliberates "Life Without Parole" for Juveniles
|On November 9, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court took on the issue of juveniles receiving a sentence of life without parole. The Court heard two Florida cases. An account of that hearing can be found at NPR.
A map illustrating state-by-state how many inmates were sentenced to life without parole when they were juveniles can be found at PBS.
News Release - COALTION TO PUSH FOR STATE JUVENILE CODE OVERHAUL
Legislation, fairness to children is goal of JUSTGeorgia
ATLANTA (Oct. 3, 2007) ― Three Atlanta-based non-profits have joined to build a statewide coalition supporting an initiative to improve outcomes for at-risk children in Georgia’s juvenile justice system.
This initiative, officially named JUSTGeorgia, is a partnership between the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic of Emory University and Voices for Georgia’s Children. JUSTGeorgia is committed to making Georgia’s justice and social service systems equitable to children. Its two primary objectives are the introduction of a new Georgia Juvenile Code and changes in system practices covering health, education, and children’s services that will reduce juvenile crime, antisocial behavior, and promote safer communities.
The ultimate goal of JUSTGeorgia is to gain sponsorship for legislation addressing these objectives ready for passage by the 2010 session.
Government and law enforcement officials alike have long acknowledged the need for reorganizing and reforming the existing juvenile code, with the Georgia General Assembly calling for its complete overhaul through a 2005 resolution. A model draft for a new juvenile code is currently being written by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia (YLD). Separately, more than 170 lawyers representing the state’s top legal firms have volunteered to gather input from a diverse constituency ranging from youthful offenders to juvenile court justices. These volunteers will conduct interviews across Georgia’s 10 judicial districts to learn how the existing code works in practice and what elements need changing or improvement.
JUSTGeorgia will be responsible for translating the re-written code and information gathered from the judicial districts into a final legislative package, and then gain sponsorship for a bill putting the new juvenile code into law. During this process, it will develop and implement communications and grass roots advocacy strategies promoting commitment and participation among child advocates in all sectors, including business, faith, service, and government organizations.
CONGRATULATIONS! GEORGIA'S PROPOSED MODEL JUVENILE CODE WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The Model Juvenile Code produced by Georgia's Younger Lawyers Division (YLD) won the "Most Outstanding" Award by the American Bar Association. This award recognizes the work the YLD has done here in Georgia by providing outstanding guidance to the law profession in improving juvenile court law and practice. Great job!