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Should teens be sentenced to life in prison?

 

Recent Oral Arguments (Argued March 20, 2012)  

in the 2010 decision, Graham v. Florida, the Supreme Court concluded that it is unconstitutional to give a sentence of life without parole to a teen who is convicted of a non-homicide crime. One inevitable question follows; that is, whether that same logic will be applied to youth who have been convicted of homicide. Emerging science shows, and the Supreme Court has recognized in both Graham v. Florida and its predecessor, Roper v. Simmons, that the culpability level of a child cannot rise to that of an adult. Despite this Supreme Court recognition, states are still permitted to sentence children to an adult punishment only second to death. Arguments took place on March 20, 2012. Juvenile Law Center and National Juvenile Defender Center, NJJN partners, filed an amicus brief in support of protecting youth from life sentences.  

Miller v. Alabama, Case #10-9646  

Brief for Petitioner »

Oral Arguments: Transcript | Recording

Jackson v. Hobbs, Case #10-9647  

Brief for Petitioner »

Oral Arguments: Transcript | Recording

 

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