JUVENILE-"Anyone" under the age of 18"~~KIDS IN COURTS, KIDS IN CRISIS~Justice for all children, to be safe from harm, protected with mercy & compassion.~ One of the most cruel forms of punishment is "denial of existence"~~~
Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “It would be misguided to equate the failing of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed."
Excerpt-please read full article..........juvenile law reform is so imperative/crucial to help save our nation's children.
Sentencing to life without parole forever brands the defendant as incorrigible. To hand this sentence down to a youth flies in the face of scientists’ and sociologists’ understanding that juveniles are different to adults. They occupy a period of transition in human development.
The US supreme court itself said: ‘The reasons why juveniles are not trusted with the privileges and responsibilities of an adult also explain why their irresponsible conduct is not as morally reprehensible as that of an adult.’