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."
"Life without parole for a crime committed by a child—no matter how terrible the crime—should not be an acceptable sentence in our country. The Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that such a sentence cannot be mandatory. And it should take the next necessary step to ban such sentences for children as cruel and unusual punishment."
Many "children" have grown up in prison, sentenced to lengthy sentences, many with life with NO chance of parole, unless law reform changes, these children are doomed to die in prison. Some were as young as 12. Children DO deserve a chance. Justice must be tempered with "compassion and mercy."