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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals this week agreed to hear arguments in Ex Parte Terrell to determine whether the Supreme Court’s Miller v. Alabama – a case which banned life without parole (LWOP) sentences for juveniles if lesser options weren’t offered – applies retroactively in Texas. As I understand it, there were around 28 Texas prisoners convicted of capital murder at age 17 between 2005, when LWOP was made a sentencing option for adults, and 2009 when the Legislature eliminated life without parole for juveniles 16 and under. Currently, juveniles sentenced to capital life are eligible for parole after 40 years.
Exclusive Interview with Robert Listenbee, Incoming Head of Federal Office of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
JJIE.org spoke on the phone Monday with defense attorney Robert Listenbee Jr., who was recently picked by President Barack Obama to lead the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the U.S. Department of Justice. The office has not had a permanent administrator for four years. Listenbee, who has not yet received a formal federal appointment, continues to head the juvenile unit at the Defenders Association of Philadelphia in the meantime.
Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room, Juvenile Justice Blog (book review)