Court Nixes Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

The Supreme Court today struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles homicide offenders – a ruling that will affect the laws in 29 states. Justice Elena Kagan writing for a 5-4 court ruled, "Mandatory life without parole for a juvenile precludes consideration of his chronological age and its hallmark features—among them, immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences. It prevents taking into account the family and home environment that surrounds...Full Story
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