Supreme Court Restricts LWOP For Juveniles
The Supreme Court today ruled that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life without parole for crimes other than murder.
The United States is the only country in the world that allows life sentences without parole for juveniles.
An estimated 111 defendants in the United States have been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for crimes other than murder committed when they were under age 18. About 70 percent of them are imprisoned in Florida.
Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, available here: [More...]
"The Constitution prohibits the imposition of a life without parole sentence on a juvenile offender who did not commit homicide," Kennedy concluded in the 32-page opinion.
"A state need not guarantee the offender eventual release, but if it imposes a sentence of life it must provide him or her with some realistic opportunity to obtain release before the end of that term," he wrote.
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