J.D.B v. North Carolina: A Step Towards Protecting Juvenile Rights
Nicole Mortorano, J.D. Candidate
Recently, the Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether a thirteen-year old boy was held in custody, when he was interrogated in a school conference room by police officers and school administrators. Holding that age is one of the factors that determines whether a child is in custody, J.D.B. v. North Carolina issued a landmark Miranda decision to protect juvenile rights. Moving forward, the Court needs to further recognize the uniquely coercive elements within the school environment and offer procedural protections beyond Miranda for students who are interrogated within the school.