States Revisit Mandatory Jail Time for Juvenilles
In part to head off an avalanche of expected appeals, at least 10 states have changed laws to comply with the ruling.
2,100 so-called juvenile lifers across the country -- inmates sentenced to lengthy prison terms without parole -- hope for a reprieve in the wake of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Miller v. Alabama.
The decision determined such sentences are cruel and unusual punishment and therefore unconstitutional. The court ruled, 5-4, that the proportionality of the sentence must take into account “the mitigating qualities of youth,” such as immaturity and the failure of young people to understand the ramifications of their actions.
We invite you to discuss and comment on this article using social media.
LATEST PUBLIC SAFETY & JUSTICE HEADLINES
Tucked in Trump's Budget, a New Plan to Punish Sanctuary Cities11 hours ago
States Offer Immigrants the Safety Net That Washington Won't1 day ago
Sessions Sets Narrow Definition of and Financial Consequences for 'Sanctuary Cities'1 day ago
Amid Protests, a City Council OKs Arizona's First Company-Run Jail1 day ago
Legal or Illegal? Utah Bans Immigrants From Driving After Even a Drop of Alcohol2 days ago
5 States Still Jail Mentally Ill People Who Haven't Committed a Crime. Not Colorado.2 days ago