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Clemency for Jacqueline Montanez and Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Nickie Phillips

In this podcast Aubri McDonald, an adjunct lecturer in criminology at University of Illinois at Chicago, discusses the case of Jacqueline Montanez, a woman serving life without parole in Illinois for a crime she committed as a juvenile.  Her clemency hearing is scheduled for April 11, 2012.  McDonald and her mentor, Dr. John Hagedorn, also at the University of Illinois, are on the research side of Montanez's pro bono legal team from Northwestern University.

UPDATE: Jacqueline's clemency hearing was held April 11, 2012.

A Teach-In was held at University of Chicago, Illinois, April 2, 2012 discussing the ethical implications of sentencing juveniles to life without the possibility of parole.

All photos courtesy of Aubri McDonald.

For further information:

Clemency for Jacqueline Montanez

Addams, J., Nobel Peace Prize Winner and juvenile justice reformer, 1931

Amnesty International (2011, November 30).  Locking up children for life in the U.S.  Human Rights Now [blog].

Chesney-Lind, M. (2012). The Female Offender: Girls, Women, and Crime [3rd edition].  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publication.

Girls on the Wall [documentary] (2010).

Hagedorn, J. (2008).  A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Roper v. Simmons (2005).,33&as_vis=1&case=16987406842050815187&scilh=0

Totenberg, N. (2012, March 21).  High Court Debates Life Without Parole for Juveniles.  NPR.

Violent Youth Predator Act of 1996