Month: June 2012
Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Sentencing Schemes for Juvenile LWOP
In two eagerly awaited opinions, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that juveniles may no longer be subjected to mandatory Life without Parole sentences for crimes committed when they were under 18 years of age. This is the fourth decision inthe past decade recognizing that the particular developmental characteristics of juveniles require a different …
PJDC Submits Testimony To U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Solitary Confinement of Children
PJDC submitted written testimony on June 15, 2012 to the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first-ever Congressional hearing on the use of solitary confinement. PJDC’s statement described the harmful effects of solitary confinement on children.
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PJDC’s Arthur Bowie Wins California Supreme Court Burglary Case
PJDC’s own Arthur Bowie is victorious in Magness v. Super. Court, S194928, in which the California Supreme Court holds that using a remote control to open a garage door does not constitute an entry into the residence for purposes of burglary. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on June 7, 2012:
CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULING ON …