Monday, June 25, 2012
Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles
Today the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the combined cases of Miller v. Alabama (10-9646) and Jackson v. Hobbs (10-9647). The majority opinion, written by Justice Kagen and joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor, stated that "mandatory life without parole for those under the age of 18 at the time of their crimes violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on 'cruel and unusual punishments.'" See reports from Jurist, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN Justice, Human Rights Watch, and the San Francisco Chronicle.