Entries by James Ross

New Official Supporter: National Partnership of Juvenile Services

The National Partnership for Juvenile Services has endorsed the CFSY statement of principles and is an official supporter. The Partnership provides “professional development and technical assistance and promotes best practices and standards to the field of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention to positively impact youth, families and communities.”

Commentary: Loss as it relates to life without parole for youth

The following is an excerpt from a blog post titled, “Reclaiming Faith” from CFSY Outreach Coordinator, Emily Dillon. To read the full post, click here   “I’m reading this book right now titled The Art of Growing Older.  It’s compelling—so compelling, in fact, that I walk down the street reading poems about aging on my way […]

Infographic: The Cost of Sentencing Children to Die in Prison

Children should be held accountable for the harm they have caused in age-appropriate ways that focus on rehabilitation and reintegration into society. But our public policies that sentence children to life in prison without parole fail to do this. This new infographic, produced by the CFSY in alliance with Participant Media, details the costs of […]

Making Miller meaningful in 2013

The new year is off to an exciting start as legislatures and courts throughout the country react to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Miller v. Alabama banning mandatory life without parole for youth. We are closely tracking these developments and working in partnership with attorneys, advocates and others in the states to advance […]

NJDC releases new National Juvenile Defense Standards

The NJDC has published the new National Juvenile Defense Standards, which are relevant for every lawyer representing youths at all stages of a case, whether in juvenile or adult court. Section VIII deals with the role of counsel when a child client faces the risk of adult prosecution. NationalJuvenileDefenseStandards2013 (2)

Why the Miller v. Alabama decision is Right

“We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama as an important step towards outlawing one of the worst forms of inhuman sentencing of children, a sentence that violates international law and condemns children to die in prison. The decision is just one step, however, in eliminating these sentences in the USA […]

"I donated to the CFSY in memory of my daughter"

My name is Linda White. My 26-year-old daughter, Cathy Lyn O’Daniel, was killed by two teenagers in 1986 after she stopped to help them with car trouble. This year, I donated to the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Cathy’s memory and I hope you will you join me in supporting this important […]