Adolescent Research Review

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 383–386 | Cite as

James Garbarino: Miller’s Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us

University of California Press, Oakland, CA: 2018, 216 pp, ISBN: 9780520295681
  • Rachel StopchinskiEmail author
Book Review

Are teenage killers cold-blooded murderers, meant to be locked-away and forgotten, or traumatized youth in need of structure and therapeutic intervention? In Miller’s Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us, the author, James Garbarino, strives to provide social science context to the seminal Miller v. Alabama case, in which the Supreme Court held that a life sentence without parole for a juvenile homicide offender is “cruel and unusual punishment” and therefore unconstitutional. Garbarino utilizes his professional experiences as an expert witness in Miller resentencing hearings to tell the evocative narratives of several teenage killers—whom he categorizes as “Miller’sChildren”—and their stories of rehabilitation. Where Garbarino’s writing truly shines is in the seamless inclusion of research-backed explanations for the twists and turns in each child’s journey through the criminal justice system, from his upbringing, to the context behind his...


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  1. Garbarino, J. (2018). Millers children: Why giving teenage killers a second chance matters for all of us. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University Maurer School of LawBloomingtonUSA

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