IPRT Briefing: PILA & IPRT Seminar with Marsha Levick

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PILA & IPRT Seminar with Marsha Levick, world leader in challenging the treatment of children in criminal justice systems

On Monday 10th January, the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and the Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) will co-host a seminar with Marsha Levick of the Juvenile Law Centre (JLC), Philadelphia, a world leader in challenging the treatment of children in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems across the US.

Over the past 35 years, the JLC has achieved major success in campaigning for reform of the legal system, including:

  • Levick and Juvenile Law Center was centrally involved in exposing the Luzerne County “kids-for-cash” scandal, where judges were found to have accepted bribes to commit children into juvenile detention. The conspiracy lasted from 2003 to 2008, involving as many as 6,500 juvenile cases and as many as 4,000 individual children.
  • Levick and Juvenile Law Center was also one of the leading organizations to file an amicus brief against the juvenile death penalty in Roper v. Simmons, where the Supreme Court ultimately held the juvenile death penalty unconstitutional.
  • In May 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Graham v. Florida that sentences of life without the possibility of parole imposed on juveniles convicted of non-homicide offenses violate the Eighth Amendment. The Juvenile Law Center served as lead counsel for over 65 advocacy organizations and individuals who submitted one of several amicus briefs in support of Graham. The Juvenile Law Center continues to work towards ending the policy and practice of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

Following Marsha Levick’s address, Catherine Ghent, solicitor and children’s rights advocate, will respond.

This exciting event takes place on Monday 10th January, 2011 at 5pm in the Distillery Building, Church St, Dublin 7. To reserve a place, please contact info@iprt.ie or 01-8741400 or online at: www.iprt.ie/events-signup