The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
YSRP Co-Directors Joanna Visser Adjoian and Lauren Fine, along with our close partner Dana Cook of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation, marked the 50th anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision In Re: Gault, which guaranteed the right of children to legal representation among other rights, with an article written for the April 2017 issue of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)’s renowned journal The Champion. The article, entitled Miller, Montgomery and Mitigation: Incorporating Life History Investigations and Reentry Planning into Effective Representation for ‘Juvenile Lifers,’ offers insight into the particular role that YSRP and ACCR are playing in preparing for the resentencing hearings and Parole Board hearings for the more than 300 men and women from Philadelphia who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole when they were children. In it, the components of mitigation reports and reentry plans that we develop alongside our juvenile lifer partners are detailed for an audience eager to incorporate such tools and techniques into their representation and advocacy. Read the full article below Cook_Fine_Adjoian_April_2017_The_Champion (1)