September 12, 1993
Juvenile hoodlums rape, rob, kidnap and murder innocent victims on a daily basis. Names cannot be released "because of their age." Isn't it time to change this outdated rule? These "alleged" young criminals may be released on bail pending trial. How will unsuspecting law-abiding families know a possible dangerous outlaw resides in their midst? RUTH V. ENAKEFF, Downey
February 6, 2005
I suppose your new Sunday Opinion columnist, Joel Stein, was hired for his youthful edginess, but all I'm seeing is someone juvenile and coarse. Why not bury him on the Sports pages or somewhere where his stories of porn star encounters won't take space away from the issues facing our troubled city and world? Better yet, fire him and the dope who thought he was a good idea. I have subscribed to The Times since the 1980s, but it's come to this: him or me. Dawna Kaufmann Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2008 |
The state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will close two of the state's eight juvenile prisons by July. The department said Friday that the Dewitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility in Paso Robles would close. Together they house about 400 inmates and employ about 800 workers. A declining juvenile prison population and a new state law that aims to keep less serious offenders in their communities prompted the closures.
October 19, 2008 |
A new Iranian judicial directive bans the execution of juvenile offenders for drug crimes but keeps capital punishment for those convicted of murder, a top judiciary official said. Hossein Zabhi, deputy state public prosecutor, said judges are still required under Iran's Islamic-based laws to hand down death sentences for minors convicted of murder if the victim's family refuses financial compensation. Mohammad Mostafaei, a lawyer who has launched a campaign against execution of juveniles, welcomed the new directive but said it was not sufficient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1992
Ventura County sheriff's narcotics officers, assisted by the FBI, seized 28 pounds of marijuana and arrested two men and a juvenile in south Oxnard on Thursday after negotiating to buy the illicit drug, authorities said. The arrest occurred at 5:20 p.m. in the 6000 block of Arcturus Avenue, where undercover officers had agreed to meet to purchase 28 pounds of marijuana from Rigoberto Elenes Higuera, 27, of Oxnard, Sheriff's Sgt. Arnie Aviles said.
October 5, 2009 |
This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hold oral arguments in two cases, Sullivan vs. Florida and Graham vs. Florida, that will decide whether it's cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a 13-year-old or a 17-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court should follow its prior reasoning in Roper vs. Simmons, a 2005 ruling that held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional, and similarly draw a bright line at 18 years of age for imposing life sentences without parole.