Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
June 25, 2012 9:10 AM Subscribe
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Today the Supreme Court announced their 5-4 decision for Miller v. Alabama
and found that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles who commit murder are unconstitutional.
While this is a progressive leap for the Supreme Court, they did not approach the wider question of whether a juvenile life sentence could be justified after the consideration of individual factors. As a result life without parole for juveniles could still remain a sentencing option for judges but it cannot be forced on them by the legislature.
More coverage as always at SCOTUSblog