Welcome to the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers NOVJM


We are the loved ones of those who were murdered by juveniles. We formed NOVJM only for the purpose of supporting and informing each other. Our organization takes no specific stand on what criminal sentences for these offenders should be. Cases and victims’ views vary widely, and offender sentences are decided by the criminal justice system established in law by our society, not by victims’ families

We stand for truth-telling in these cases. We stand for victims rights, and specifically those of all victim family members to be heard and participate fully as they choose in their cases.

We began as NOVJL, National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers, but changed our name to NOVJM in 2014 due to our growing membership of many victims families of those killed by teens who received sentences far less than life – the majority of teen killers’ sentences.

Loved ones of those killed by teens should join our NOVJM Facebook Group for the most up to date news and information, and to chat with each other.

Read more About Us and What We Believe

Police Officer Larry Elwood Lasater, Jr. | Pittsburg Police Department, California
Photo: Officer Larry Lasater of Pittsburgh, California, Killed in the Line of Duty by a Teenager Sentenced to Life   


  • BREAKING NEWS: The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against the best interests of victims families in a case that has decided the retroactivity question – Montgomery v Louisiana. The opinion goes much farther than anticipated and appears to legally undo almost every long term or life sentence given to any teen killer in this nation, going decades back in some cases. The majority opinion from Justice Kennedy can be read here.
    Victims families are urged to get in touch with the prosecutors in the county where their murder cases and trials took place for more information. We also ask all victims families to stay in touch with NOVJM about developments that they hear about in their own cases and states – email us at NOVJM@aol.com or through our Facebook and Twitter @VctmsTeenKillrs. Please join in our mutual information sharing and support.
    The Supreme Court has decided, much to our dismay, that Miller v Alabama is retroactive. This ruling will likely affect negatively tens of thousands of murder victims family members, most of whom had no idea there was any challenge to the prison sentences being served by their loved ones’ killers.  Many will not be able to even be notified of this devastating development because they walked away from the life sentences given their loved ones’ murderers believing they were permanent, and have not stayed in contact with local officials for notification of this legal nightmare just re-opened by the Supreme Court.
    We are still analyzing the ramifications of this horrible ruling for victims families, some of whom have already shared personal shock and re-traumatization on our NOVJM Facebook group where we discuss and share with each other.
    We submitted an amicus brief that states our view of the case and were present at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on OCTOBER 13, 2015. We invite all interested in helping support victims voices in this debate to contact us on our closed NOVJM Facebook Group or at NOVJM@aol.com.
    Please visit the memorial page for Officer Charles Hurt, the murder victim at the center of the Montgomery case. As there will be much news media attention on this case, our NOVJM members that are willing to talk to the press can be found here. Our media release for October 13, 2015 at the Supreme Court can be downloaded here.
  • Thank You to Jack Park, prominent attorney at the Strickland Brockington Lewis Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia for representing NOVJM pro bono before the U.S. Supreme Court, and authoring our amicus brief. Your service to devastated families of murder victims is nothing short of heroic.
  • Compromise legislation agreed to in Illinois for 2015 giving teen killers several chances at early release during their sentences will not be retroactive, but instead will apply only to new offender sentencing. Because of the 2014 Illinois Supreme Court interpretation of Miller v Alabama, declaring it retroactive, every guilty Illinois juvenile lifer will have one re-sentencing hearing. Victims families should be notified by their county’s States Attorneys as re-sentencing hearings already are beginning.
  • Michigan legislature passes victim-friendly bill to deal with teen killers’ life sentences. U.S. Court of Appeals issues order staying any parole hearings for teen killers. Michigan Legislature passes on Miller-compliance legislation that is not retroactive. Victims families have suffered re-traumatization in order to be heard. Details here. Attorney General Schuette shows exemplary concern for victims families in his persistence against offender advocates.
  • The Debate That Agonizes Victims Families: whether or not the Miller v Alabama Supreme Court ruling should be applied retroactively or not rages on, with victims families traumatized by all the uncertainty and re-opening of wounds.
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court votes to traumatize victims families by re-opening their loved ones’ murder sentences. A leading newspaper calls for victims families to be treated better.
  • Alabama’s Supreme Court joins other state courts and lawmakers in finding that the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer for optional sentences only for teens that kill is NOT retroactive.
  • Pennsylvania‘s Supreme Court rules against retroactive application of the Miller Supreme Court decision while the Legislature votes to preserve Life Without Parole sentences as an option going forward. And, as elsewhere nationally, offender advocates’ claims about offender numbers are exaggerated.
  • Victims’ families in California approve as the 9th Circuit rules in support of the discretionary life sentences in place for teen killers.
  • Nebraska‘s new law for sentencing of teen killers is supported by many victims families and legal experts.
  • Iowa‘s Supreme Court orders re-sentencing for teen killers, re-traumatizing victims’ families
  • South Dakota – a lone Court rules on one offender’s case.
  • Connecticut legislation to free teen killers defeated
  • The Texas Senate Affirms Appropriate Prison Sentences
    Texas‘ legislature passes a bill in special session to comply with Supreme Court regulations on sentencing of juveniles who commit capitol crimes.  
  • New Hampshire case is reflecting national trends in offender re-sentencing after Miller ruling
  • Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy dissects legal problems in Supreme Court’s decisions in Juvenile Killer Sentencing
  • Montana abolishes life sentences for teen killers 



Photo: NOVJM murder victim family members of those killed by teens from all over the nation at the United States Supreme Court during the argument of Miller v Alabama in 2012, a case that could free their loved ones’ murderers.

NOVJM For Victims Rights and Sound Public Policy
Regarding Teens Who Kill

NOVJM, formerly NOVJL, exists to support and inform victims families and friends of those killed by offenders under age 18. We found it necessary to organize ourselves, given the significant and well-funded advocacy effort that exists for those offenders that gives no information or support to the victims families of these crimes. NOVJM is devoted to victims rights and sound public policy regarding teens who kill.

We began as NOVJL (National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers), founded in 2006. We were a small group of victims families very concerned about the complete lack of information available to other victims’ families about the staggering multi-million dollar campaign to free our loved ones killers.

In 2014 we changed our name to NOVJM reflecting our significantly growing membership that included many victims’ families whose loved ones were murdered by teens but whose offenders were not sentenced to life in prison. NOVJM today reflects hundreds of voices of victims families from all over the nation.

We are an all-volunteer organization that works to provide information and emotional support to our fellow loved ones of those killed by juveniles. We hope to bring victims voices to the public policy debate about these offenders, while stunning sums of money are being spent by juvenile advocates to reduce or even end the prison sentences being served by the killers. At first we believed that those juvenile advocates would care about victim outreach and support, but after years of effort at bridge building on our part, they have refused to share even basic information with us about their campaigns, instead lavishing all their resources on convicted murderers.

How these offenders are sentenced is the subject of a significant public policy debate currently in which our main concern is that victims’ voices are heard. We are concerned also with the significant financial resources devoted to helping these offenders, while virtually no help, information, or support of any kind is being offered to victims’ families who have been horrifically traumatized by brutal murders of their loved ones. We are heartbroken each time we hear of victims families who had no idea there was an effort underway to free their loved ones’ murderers (until after it was too late to be heard in the process!)

This website tells the true stories of those murdered by teens – truth that is especially important in the face of the willingness of juvenile advocates to minimize and even misrepresent the facts of these horrible crimes in their attempts to paint a picture of reduced culpability by the killers. We know there is much to discuss in public policy regarding teens who kill, but good decisions can only be made when the full facts are known. We know that in every crime some offenders are more or less culpable depending on the individual facts and circumstances. But LIGHT is a great “disinfectant”. Blurring the facts of these crimes does not improve the public policy discussion.

We advocate for the constitutional and statutory rights of crime victims that exist in all 50 states and federally. We advocate for best possible policies to prevent such tragedies from ever happening again.

We understand the controversy around the issue of teens who kill and the destruction left in the aftermath of those crimes – we are LIVING it. We understand the powerful feelings that the youthful age of these offenders creates. We understand the problems in our criminal justice system, as with any human institution.  We often do not understand, however, the incredible focus on helping these offenders with no compassion for or attention to the victims they created. The behavior of juvenile justice reform advocates towards the victims families of these crimes during their national policy change push of the last few years has been poor, to say the least. These offenders have committed some of the most horrific murders imaginable. We miss our loved ones horribly.

Help Find and Support Victims Families

There are thousands of murder victims’ family members in this nation who are not aware that there is a movement that supports and advocates for teen killers that seeks to change the terms of their incarceration, and often without any notice to victims families.  If you are aware of any victims families of juvenile killers please invite them to contact us. 

You can also reach this website at www.jlwopvictims.org and www.juvenilekillers.org.

Mistakes on this site?
This page is webmastered by victim volunteers. We do our best to gather accurate information. Please email us at NOVJM@aol.com with any edits, corrections, or suggestions. Thank you.

“Victims don’t want vengeance, they want healing: but there is no healing until justice is done.  And justice is never ‘done’ as long as the sentence can be undone.”  ~NOVJM member
“Those under 18 years old may as a general matter have diminished culpability relative to adults who commit the same crimes, but that DOES NOT mean their culpability is always insufficient to justify a life sentence.”
~Chief Justice John Roberts, Concurring Opinion, Graham v. Florida, 2010
“Daniels and several members of his family begged officials to lock up Markus Evans for an extended time . . . [but after Evans only served 14 months in juvenile custody for shooting and almost murdering Daniels, his 7th violent felony by age 15] Evans was released at age 17 with no supervision . . . Evans reported to police he was so angry that he robbed a liquor store and shot the clerk . . .17 year old Jonoshia Alexander . . .was found dead in the alley, shot in the back of her head.”
~Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 29, 2011