Sunday, August 5, 2012

States Dodge Supreme Court Ruling Against Life Sentences for Minors

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"In the June case, Miller v. Alabama, the High Court ruled that when sentencing a juvenile convicted of homicide, “mandatory life without parole … violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on ‘cruel and unusual punishments’ and that a ‘judge or jury must have the opportunity to consider mitigating circumstances before imposing the harshest possible penalty for juveniles.’” The decision follows a recent line of Supreme Court cases holding that minors, because of their youth and immature brains, are different from adults in that they have a lesser capacity to make careful decisions and a greater capacity for rehabilitation. In 2005, the Court struck down the death penalty for those under 18 and in 2010 it forbade life without parole for juveniles convicted of crimes other than murder."

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