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October 5, 2009 | Bernard E. Harcourt, Bernard E. Harcourt, a professor of law and of political science at the University of Chicago, is the author of "Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy."
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.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
May 18, 1989 | BOB SIPCHEN, Times Staff Writer
Jane Martin watched a handful of the 600 kids under her control trooping past the brick walls and high fences at the San Fernando Valley Juvenile Hall in Sylmar. As supervisor of that small link in the labyrinthine system of cops, courts, camps, schools, foster homes and treatment programs that contend each day with the thousands of kids who have run into trouble, she has paid particular attention to the news of late. What went wrong that so many of the kids society produced now have come back to haunt us?
March 7, 1993
Your front page story with photos glamorizing a juvenile delinquent ("Teen-Age Posses Take Turn for the Worst," Times Valley Edition, Feb. 26) will encourage other street rats by the notoriety you give Ricardo and the infamous Chaka. I would be concerned that the FCC fairness doctrine might require you to give equal time and coverage to rival posses. The Times should spend more time covering positive contributions by our young people rather than highlighting destructive low-life juvenile delinquents.
January 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A high school student who allegedly set fire to another teenager's skirt on a bus in Oakland will be tried as an adult. An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Thursday rejected arguments from defense attorneys that 16-year-old Richard Thomas should be tried as a juvenile, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Instead, Richard will face hate-crime charges as an adult. Thomas allegedly told a police officer after the Nov. 4 incident that he set 18-year-old Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's skirt on fire because he was "homophobic.
February 12, 1989
A suggestion for Osmond ("Donny's Comeback Bid: Mr. Clean No More," Jan. 29): If you want to break out of the juvenile mold, change your name to Don. LUIS CAMPOS Sun Valley
June 17, 2007
IS it true that the clinically insane become psychiatrists? I'm not a psychiatrist like Eli Roth's loopy father, but I will speculate that because of his early exposure to horror, Eli, at age 35, is still a child and will never be an adult ["A Queasy-Does-It Guy," June 3]. There is just no way his films can help anybody cope with the military nightmare we are exposed to. It has been created by damaged permanent juveniles like George W. Bush and others who live out their dreams in the real world.
December 27, 1992
Male or female, black or white, Stern and Quivers both represent morons on the air. That their daily celebration of ignorance and juvenile behavior is embraced by so many Americans as representative of what they (as average Americans) are really thinking is just another indication of this country's headfirst plunge down the toilet of doom. JEFF DiPERNA Sherman Oaks
April 4, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Joseph Serna
The juvenile facility that an 18-year-old accused of killing five people while driving drunk escaped from was a detention center for people with substance abuse issues, according to Orange County's website. Jean Ervin Soriano, 18, escaped on March 1 from the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, which is operated by the county's probation department. The 80-bed facility keeps 60 beds for males and 20 for females and treats offenders from 13 to 20 years old. It offers two main programs, for drug and alcohol abusers.
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