Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Life without Parole in question for Juveniles

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Justice

For the third time in recent years, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider putting a limit on the severity of punishment for youths who commit murder before they are 18-years-old. Two teens have asked the Justices to rule that it is unconstitutional to impose a sentence of life without parole for those as young as 14-years-old. One 14-year-old offender is from Arkansas, and the other is from Alabama. In 2005, the death penalty was barred for those who commit murder when they are minors. In 2010, the court barred life without parole for minors who commit serious crimes, but only non-homicide crimes. Now, two cases are challenging life without parole for juvenile killers, and the cases in question are Miller vs Alabama and Jackson vs Hobbs. Since 1990, a total of 3,632 youths who were 14-years-old or younger were arrested for homicide, yet only 58 of them received life without parole, or less than two percent.

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