Spreading the Word on Juvenile Justice Developments
Yesterday, I was honored to discuss juvenile justice developments on WVON radio with host Cliff Kelley and University of Chicago Professor Randolph Stone. We discussed President Barack Obama’s Op Ed piece in the Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/barack-obama-why-we-must-rethink-solitary-confinement/2016/01/25/29a361f2-c384-11e5-8965-0607e0e265ce_story.html, where he announced the ban on solitary confinement of juveniles in federal custody.
We also discussed the United States Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, – U.S.-, (Docket 14-280)(Jan. 25, 2016), https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-280_4h25.pdf, where the Court retroactively applied its Constitutional prohibition against mandatory life sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile.
Additionally, we discussed Illinois’ new mandatory factors for sentencing youthful offenders which was the subject of one of my earlier blog posts.
It is encouraging that steps are being made to recognize that youthful offenders are different from the more mature. I am honored to be able to disseminate news of these developments.ni
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601312-767-2356