Law: Reining In Juveniles and Aliens

The high court rules on preventive detention and deportation

Fourteen-year-old Gregory Martin was arrested in New York City in 1977 for robbing another youth of his jacket and sneakers. A family-court judge ordered Martin held under New York's preventive-detention law. That meant the teenager was being confined not to ensure his appearance at trial but because he was regarded as a serious risk to commit new crimes while waiting for his case to come up. Martin and his attorney filed a class action on behalf of all children in preventive-detention in New York State, and won in two federal courts. Last week...

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