Currently, over 2,500 prisoners sit behind bars in the US without the possibility of parole for crimes committed while they were children.
In May 2010, the Supreme Court ruled that the 8th Amendment‘s ban on cruel and unusual punishment means juvenile offenders who haven’t been convicted of murder shouldn’t be sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole.
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- Judges Weigh Fairnes of Juvenile Life Without Parole (blogs.wsj.com)
- Florida Drags its Heels on Juvenile Lifers (criminaljustice.change.org)