Supreme Court Will Hear Case Involving Life Sentences without Parole for Juveniles

A math class at the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center, in Memphis, Tenn. (Alan Spearman/AP)
A math class at the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center, in Memphis, Tenn. (Alan Spearman/AP)

Robert Barnes, THE WASHINGTON POST

 

WASHINGTON (The Washington Post)—The Supreme Court said Friday that it will decide whether hundreds of juvenile offenders sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole deserve a chance to be resentenced.

The court announced it will consider the case of a Louisiana man who said the court’s 2012 decision banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles must be applied retroactively.

The 5-to-4 ruling in Miller v. Alabama said that state laws mandating life in prison without the possibility of parole for those younger than 18 offend the Constitution’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. That decision was part of a trend at the court of treating even the worst juvenile offenders differently from adults.

 
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