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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?
August 3, 2010 | By Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
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 | By Tanvi Sharma and Mark Magnier
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.
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
March 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
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.
October 15, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
The paintings are big, bold and unsigned -- each one newly hung on the walls of the recently opened courthouse as a testament to Orange County's history and promise. The largest is a mural depicting Westminster vs. Mendez, the 1947 ruling originating in Orange County that put an end to segregated schools for Mexican children. It was painted by students from Otto A. Fischer School, which serves residents of juvenile hall. The collaborative art at the new 4th District Court of Appeal building in Santa Ana was shown this week at a ceremony honoring those who helped bring to fruition the project involving students and courthouse officials.
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.
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