Supreme Court Finds Life Without Parole Unconstitutional for Some Juvenile Criminals

The Supreme Court ruled today that the 8th Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment means juvenile offenders who haven't been convicted of murder shouldn't be sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole. Writing for a 5-to-4 majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy called life without parole an "especially harsh punishment" for a juvenile and said that while states may be permitted to keep young offenders locked up, they must give defendants "some meaningful opportunity to...Full Story
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