Carissa Hessick, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in an Associate Press article, “Class studies teen murder case, questions juvenile justice.” The article is receiving national media attention.
The case comes as the national landscape shifts somewhat for juvenile offenders, said Carissa Hessick, a professor of law at the University of Utah. In the 1990s, state authorities began treating more young people accused of serious crimes like adults, including giving them longer sentences. Recent court decisions, though, have put limits on juvenile punishments, such as a U.S. Supreme Court case that banned mandatory life-in-prison sentences for juveniles.
The article has been publicized in numerous media outlets, including the following:
San Antonio Express News
Stamford Connecticut Advocate
San Francisco Gate