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.
May 18, 1989 |
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2010 |
A top executive at the Los Angeles County Probation Department announced his retirement Monday amid an investigation into his outside business interests. Jitahadi Imara , 60, said he would retire in November as the deputy director responsible for managing the nation's largest network of juvenile incarceration facilities, including three juvenile halls, 18 camps and 4,000 youth offenders. "I am leaving on my own terms and have no regrets, only a pocket full of memories," Imara wrote in an e-mail message to Probation Department staff.
August 31, 2013 |
MEERUT, India - A teenager was sentenced Saturday in New Delhi to three years in juvenile detention for taking part in a fatal gang rape, a case that has fueled heated debate in India over the treatment of women and whether minors should be tried as adults in serious cases. According to police, five men and the juvenile defendant, who was 17 at the time, lured the 23-year-old physiotherapy student and her male companion onto an off-duty bus in December. They assaulted the couple with iron bars and raped the woman repeatedly while driving around New Delhi, the capital, before tossing both of the victims naked onto the road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2013 |
OCEANSIDE - Four suspected gang members have been arrested on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy and wounding two teenage boys in a public park, police announced Saturday. The four suspects are charged with two counts of murder, two of attempted murder and two of participation in a criminal street gang. Three are adults and were booked into county jail in Vista. The fourth is a juvenile and was taken to juvenile hall. All are suspected in the gunning down of Melanie Virgen, 13, and Edgar Sanchez, 15, and the wounding of two other teens in Libby Lake Park at 9 p.m. on March 13. No motive for the shootings was given, but the park and the surrounding neighborhood have been the site of gang-related crime.
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