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Topics in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Offender Sentencing

Since 2005, the Supreme Court has issued a series of rulings that have changed the way juvenile offenders are sentenced in the U.S. According to the Sentencing Project, the first milestone in the road to rethinking juvenile sentencing was the case Roper V. Simmons in 2005, which established that juveniles cannot be sentenced to death. Graham v. Florida in 2010 established that in all cases but homicide, the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole was also unacceptable. Finally, the case of Miller v. Alabama resulted in a ruling by the Court that life sentences without the possibility of parole for all crimes were off limits in the case of juveniles. These rulings have impacted states in various ways, with some already in compliance based on state law, and others having to adapt.
For a variety of perspectives on these cases and their effects, plus articles on juvenile sentencing in general check out the following databases:

Additional information can be obtained via these websites:

The library also has a variety of books on this topic, including both ebooks and print books.

  • Branham, L. S. (2013). The law and policy of sentencing and corrections in a nutshell. St. Paul, MN: West.
    Dewey Library / KF 9728 B733 2013
  • Greenwood, P. (2014). Evidence-based practice in juvenile justice: Progress, challenges, and opportunities. New York: Springer.
    Dewey Library / HV 9069 G74 2014
  • Krohn, M. D. & Lane, J. (Eds). (2015). The handbook of juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
    Online / HV9069
  • Salekin, R. T. (2015). Forensic evaluation and treatment of juveniles: Innovation and best practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    Online / HV9069 .S243 2015
  • Slobogin, C. & Fodacaro, M. R. (2011). Juveniles at risk: A plea for preventive justice. New York: Oxford University Press.
    Dewey Library / HV 9069 S64 2011
  • Whyte, B. (2009). Youth justice in practice: Making a difference. Portland: Policy.
    Dewey Library / HV 7428 W49X 2009

Blog created by: Rebekah Jarvis-Girtler
Image Credit: Supreme Court of the United States

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