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December 15, 2014

Texas High Court Upholds Individualized Determinations for Youth Tried As Adults

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team
The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that youth are categorically less mature in their decision-making, less culpable, and more capable of change than adults. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals recently affirmed a ruling vacating Cameron’s transfer to adult court, finding the record factually insufficient to justify the decision. The opinion criticized the juvenile court’s order for simply reciting the transfer statute and held that juvenile courts must do the “the heavy lifting” of demonstrating their reasons for transfer if they expect their decisions to be upheld on appeal.
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December 12, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Whether Miller v. Alabama Applies Retroactively

posted by Juvenile Law Center News Team
Today, the United States Supreme Court granted review in Toca v. Louisiana, addressing the question of whether Miller v. Alabama applies retroactively to individuals serving mandatory juvenile life without parole sentences.
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December 09, 2014

Federal Agencies Release Landmark Guidance on Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities

posted by Juvenile Law Center
On December 8, 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a joint policy guidance package to inform state and local education and juvenile justice agencies of best practices to improve the quality of education in juvenile justice facilities and remind these agencies of their legal obligations to do so.
Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Education
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