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Florida Sheriff Sued for Jailing Teen Suspects in Solitary – The New York Times

A civil rights group filed suit Thursday against a Florida sheriff and school district, claiming that juvenile suspects are unjustly kept in solitary confinement without cause and denied a proper education as they await trial as adults. The…
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Supreme Court to Review Questions About Competency to Be Executed – Equal Justice Initiative

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to review the case of Vernon Madison, on whether he is competent to be executed due to his lack of rational understanding of the crime for which he was convicted. Read more.
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Florida OKs $4.5 Million Payout for Brutal Prison Shower Death of Darren Rainey – The Miami Herald

The State of Florida has approved a $4.5 million settlement to the family of Darren Rainey, a severely mentally ill inmate who was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida City. For two hours, Rainey was allegedly locked in…
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Juvenile Law Center Releases New Report on Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities

Last week, the Juvenile Law Center released its new report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The report was able to make a number of findings: The use of solitary confinement in juvenile…
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Briefing: Ending Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities – August 2, 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, the Juvenile Law Center will be livestreaming a Congressional briefing on its latest report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The video can be seen on JLC's Facebook page.
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July 24-25 Training Seminar: Nitty Gritty Mitigation Sentencing Strategies

    There will be a two-day capital/JLWOP seminar on July 24th and July 25 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, for the low cost of $75.00! The seminar is for lawyers…
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Amicus: The Myth of the Neutral Expert – Slate

In this episode of Slate's Amicus,  Stephen Bright of the Southern Center for Human Rights discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's pending decision in McWilliams v. Dunn regarding whether an indigent defendant whose mental health was a significant…
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What Kind of Help Does the Constitution Require for Defendants in Capital Cases? – SCOTUS Blog

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will revisit  Ake v. Oklahoma, in which the Court held that a psychiatrist must be appointed to an indigent defendant who demonstrates that his or her mental health is likely to play a significant role at…
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Does the Death Penalty Target People who are Mentally Ill? – The Washington Post

This week, The Washington Post published Dr. Frank R. Baumgartner and Betsy Neill's analysis on the use of the capital punishment on people with mental illness.  While the majority of Americas oppose the execution of people with mental illness,…