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WSLG170 – Children Are Different: No Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentences – 9/27/2012

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Author: Alison M. Smith

Pages: 2

Should behavioral and cognitive differences between juvenile and adult offenders warrant differences in punishment? The Court has again answered this question in the affirmative. In a narrow decision in Miller v. Alabama, a divided Court relied upon two strands of Eighth Amendment jurisprudence and found that the imposition of a mandatory life without parole (LWOP) sentence on a juvenile offender convicted of a homicide offense is unconstitutional.

 

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