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.
Join the Discussion
After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.
LATEST PUBLIC SAFETY & JUSTICE HEADLINES
Vets' New Gig: Catching Child Predators?2 days ago
Michael Brown Family's Lawsuit Calls for Police Training Reform2 days ago
Wife of Slain L.A. County Mayor Indicted on Manslaughter Charge2 days ago
Indiana Up Against Clock and Governor on Needle Exchanges3 days ago
Freddie Gray's Not the First to Die After Being in Baltimore Police's Custody3 days ago
In Wake of Freddie Gray's Death, Baltimore Mayor Turns to Post-Ferguson Playbook She Helped Write3 days ago