Posts

, , ,

No Break for 'Vampire Cult’ Killer Rod Ferrell, Life Sentences Stand

Rod Ferrell, known as a teen vampire cult leader convicted in the beating deaths of a Eustis couple, lost his bid to shorten the life sentences he is serving. The 55-page decision, written by Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary…
, ,

Graham/Miller BBQ Lunch - Orlando, February 26

Join CFACDL for a moving luncheon to hear the stories of individuals released from prison after re-sentencing pursuant to the Graham and Miller decisions on juvenile life without parole. BBQ lunch will be served. CLE credit is pending for this…
, ,

What’s the Meaning of “Life” When Sentencing Kids?

Say you’re a teenager who has committed a serious crime, and a judge is about to sentence you to prison for a very long time. How long a sentence would the judge have to hand down for it to feel essentially the same as being sent to prison…
, , , ,

ABA Urges Supreme Court to Follow Miller Standard for Juvenile Punishments

In an amicus brief filed Tuesday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to recognize that juveniles’ “diminished culpability and greater prospects for reform” separate them from adults and that those whose crimes “reflect transient…
,

Juvenile Lifers Struggle to Navigate Reentry After Release

In 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles automatically sentenced to life without parole must have a chance for release. But juvenile lifers who left prison say society wasn't prepared for them. Read more.
, , , , , , ,

After 55 Years in Prison, Baton Rouge Man Key to Supreme Court Ruling Again Denied Freedom

Henry Montgomery's victory at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016 created a way for hundreds of prisoners like him — those convicted of horrific crimes while juveniles — to earn their freedom by demonstrating their rehabilitation since their…
, , , ,

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Beltway Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo Deserves New Sentencing

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider whether Lee Boyd Malvo, the teenage half of the Beltway snipers who terrorized the Washington region 16 years ago, may challenge his sentence of life in prison without parole. Malvo, 34, was…
, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

When Kids Kill

Two were only 13 years old. Three were just a few months shy of turning 18. Four committed their crimes in this decade, and just as many have spent more than 30 years behind bars. At least two sold sex for money. One witnessed his father…
, ,

Webinar: Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller - September 27 at 2:00 PM

Your Client's Brain and the Relevancy of Graham and Miller September 27, 2018, 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes Webinar Faculty Jill Pasquarella, Supervising Attorney, Louisiana Center for Children's Rights About the Webinar The…
, , , , ,

Registration Open: Miller/Graham Updates by Roseanne Eckert

Join CFACDL Wednesday, September 26 from 11:30am-1:15pm on Miller/Graham Updates with speaker Roseanne Eckert from the Juvenile Resentencing and Review Project. Register here.
, , , , , ,

New Report Says Florida Prosecutes More Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System Than Any Other State

According to a new study that looks at how many American teenagers are serving time in in adult jails, a full 60 percent of the youths serving life without parole sentences for a non-homicidal crime are from Florida. That’s the most of…
,

The Curfew Myth: How a ‘90s Panic Spawned an Anti-Crime Measure That Doesn’t Make You Safer - The Marshall Project

It’s a summer ritual in many American cities — declaring a juvenile curfew to keep troublemaking teenagers off the streets. This summer at least one city—Austin—has decided not to sound the alarm. The Austin Police Department’s…