Entries by Nicole Roussell

Proposed federal reform would end life sentences for children

A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators has announced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, new criminal justice reform legislation that would end extreme sentences for youth, including life without parole, in the federal justice system. This bill has been in the works for quite some time, and we are thrilled that senators included this provision. […]

"Dying in a Concrete Garden of Life"

By Azeem Inmate serving life without parole for an alleged crime as a child Why kill the rose before it gets the chance to grow? The rose didn’t choose to be cultivated in a hostile and non-hospitable environment…where proper nourishing was almost an impossible feat to accomplish. The rose began growing wildly, with thorns, and rough […]

Nevada eliminates life without parole for youth!

We are excited to share that Nevada has abolished life without parole for all children! With one of the most comprehensive bills in the nation, Nevada is the 13th state to eliminate this extreme sentencing practice. The legislature passed the bill unanimously, and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed AB 267 into law on May 26. Advocacy […]

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Miller retroactivity case

On March 23, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Montgomery v. Louisiana, which is expected to clarify whether the Miller v. Alabama decision should be applied retroactively. A retroactive decision in Montgomery could allow thousands of individuals currently serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed as children an opportunity for resentencing and a second chance at life. The petitioner […]

Experts respond to the guidelines for representing youth facing life

Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence are the first-ever guidelines for representing children who face our country’s harshest penalty. These Guidelines were drafted in close collaboration with attorneys and advocates from across the nation. Read more about Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence

Experts respond to the guidelines for representing youth facing life

Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence are the first-ever guidelines for representing children who face our country’s harshest penalty. These Guidelines were drafted in close collaboration with attorneys and advocates from across the nation. Read more about Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence

Experts respond to the guidelines for representing youth facing life

Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence are the first-ever guidelines for representing children who face our country’s harshest penalty. These Guidelines were drafted in close collaboration with attorneys and advocates from across the nation. Read more about Trial Defense Guidelines: Representing a Child Client Facing a Possible Life Sentence