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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | December 2016

December 15, 2016
Benjamin Chambers


Youth Justice Reform News

  • According to recent data published by JJGPS, the total number of youth referred to adult court via judicial waiver has continued to decline, from a peak of 13,000 cases in 2008 to 4,000 in 2013. Learn more
  • According to the Campaign for Fair Sentencing for Youth, "Oklahoma’s highest criminal court applied Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana to discretionary juvenile life without parole, affording an opportunity for resentencing to more than 45 people in Oklahoma sentenced to die in prison for crimes committed as children.

    "In two decisions, the court affirmed United States Supreme Court limitations on sentencing children to life in prison. These decisions should dramatically limit, if not prevent, the imposition of life sentences for children in Oklahoma going forward." See McGee v. Oklahoma and Luna v. Oklahoma. 

  • Jay Z's Docuseries on Kalief Browder to Premiere at Sundance. The full 10-hour series focuses on the short life of Browder, who became a face of prison and trial reform movements after he was imprisoned for three years without trial at New York City's infamous Rikers Island jail for allegedly stealing a backpack. Browder, arrested at age 16, endured violent beatings from prison guards and other incarcerated individuals and spent 400 days in solitary confinement. Only the first two hours will be shown at the festival. 

  • NJ Governor Christie Vetoes Bill Banning Solitary Confinement for Children, Pregnant Women, and the Mentally Ill

Publications and Resources


      • Webinar Dec. 20, 2016: "Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System." Hosted by the The Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education, a collaboration of Southern Poverty Law Center, Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center-PA, and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Learn more and register. Litigators are asked to also fill out this survey before the webinar.  

      • Webinar Jan. 12, 2017: "Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Your School-Justice Partnership." Hosted by the School-Justice Partnership National Resource Center.  Learn more and register here

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