Resources: Juvenile Justice
Wyoming Bans Mandatory Life without Parole for Youth Under 18, Bear Cloud v. State, 294 P.3d 36, 2013 WY 18. Following Miller v. Alabama and a state Supreme Court case (Bear Cloud v. State, 294 P.3d 36, 2013 WY 18), Wyoming eliminated mandatory life without parole sentences for crimes committed by youth under age 18. Youth may still be sentenced to life without parole for certain crimes, but must become eligible for parole once they have served at least 25 years, or if their sentence is commuted to a term of years. H.B. 23/Act No. 18, signed into law February 14, 2013; effective July 1, 2013.
The Damaged Juvenile Justice and Detention System in Wyoming. A COMPREHENSIVE REPORT and POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS.
The National Juvenile Justice Network has member organizations like the Wyoming Children’s Law Center all over the country, all working to reform the youth justice system. Be sure to check out their online library!
The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) provides support to public defenders, appointed counsel, law school clinical programs, and non-profit law centers to ensure quality representation in urban, suburban, rural, and tribal areas. NJDC also offers a wide range of integrated services to juvenile defenders, including training, technical assistance, policy advocacy, capacity building, networking, collaboration, and coordination.