Additional Resources

Featured Resources

White Paper on the Science of Late Adolescence: A Guide for Judges, Attorneys, and Policy Makers

Juvenile Law Center: Youth Tried as Adults

Treat Children as Children

Unusual & Unequal: The Unfinished Business of Ending Life Without Parole for Children in the United States

Other Resources by Topic

The Science of Adolescence

Key Cases: Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012); Commonwealth v. Jones, 131 A.3d 487 (Pa. 2016); Graham v. Florida, 460 U.S. 48 (2010); Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005)

Amicus Briefs by the Juvenile Law Center and American Psychological Association for the Petitioner in Miller v. Alabama

Amicus Briefs by the American Bar Association and The Sentencing Project for the Petitioner in Graham v. Florida

The Miller Factors

Key Cases: Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012)

Amicus Briefs by American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Association of Social Workers and the Juvenile Law Center for the Petitioner in Miller v. Alabama

Criminal Trajectories

Key Cases: Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012); Montgomery v. Louisiana, 577 U.S. 190 (2016)

Amicus Briefs by American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and National Association of Social Workers and the Juvenile Law Center for the Petitioner in Miller v. Alabama

Amicus Brief of Northwestern University School of Law's Children and Family Justice Center & Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth for the Petitioner in Montgomery v. Louisiana

Working with Forensic Experts

Key Cases: Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993); Andrus v. Texas, 142 S.Ct. 1866 (2022)

Amicus Brief for the Children's Defense Fund, First Focus on Children, Breaking Code Silence, STND4YOU, National Juvenile Defender Center, National Juvenile Justice Network, Just Detention International, and Youth Law and Justice Scholars for the Petitioner in Andrus v. Texas

Trauma

Key Cases: State of Wisconsin v. Hauschultz, Cir. Ct. No. 2019CF77 (2024); Commonwealth v. Mattis, 2024

Amicus Brief for Juvenile Law Center, et al., in Support of Defendant in State of Wisconsin v. Hauschultz

Amicus Brief for Neuroscientists, Psychologists and Criminal Justice Scholars Supporting Defendant in Commonwealth v. Mattis

The Science of Substance Use

Key Cases: People v. Gutierrez, 214 Cal.App.4th 343

Amicus Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Appellant in People v. Gutierrez

Science of False Confessions

Key cases: J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 564 U.S. 261 (2011)

Amicus Brief for the Juvenile Law Center, et al. in J.D.B. v. North Carolina

Amicus Brief for the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, et al. in J.D.B. v. North Carolina

Positive Youth Development