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Louisiana Reviews Sentencing Juveniles to Life Without Parole

Senate Bill 16 would allow juveniles convicted of second-degree murder eligible for parole after serving 30 years, have no disciplinary issues, complete a GED, substance abuse treatment and 100 hours of reentry programming.

Many States Still Sentence Juveniles to Life Without Parole

A report released by the Sentencing Project showed that only 13 of 28 states have complied with a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to abolish mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. The majority of the states have done nothing to pursue statutory reform, while others instituted loopholes to continue sentencing minors to long-term punishments.   Forty-four states still have the option to sentence offenders under the age of 18 to life in prison. The precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 was meant to enact sweeping changes in more »

Supreme Court Says Life In Prison Without Parole is Unconstitutional for Minors

The United States Supreme Court recently created new guidelines for sentencing juveniles convicted for murder in all fifty states.  The ruling stems from Miller V. Alabama which states that sentencing a minor (defined as a person under the age of eighteen at the time of the offense) to life imprisonment with no chance of parole is unconstitutional. Any juvenile sentenced to life in prison must become eligible for parole after serving 25 years.  In North Carolina, this new law has caused lawyers to reassess all of their clients who this more »

Supreme Court Rules No Life Without Parole For Teens

  In a 5-4 split decision on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the imposition of mandatory "life without parole" sentences for juveniles convicted of murder violates the 8th Amendment to the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Many legal scholars felt that this was likely to occur following the ruling several years ago which prevented the death sentence for crimes committed while a person was a juvenile but the increasingly conservative stance of the court made it a topic of worry. This ruling joins the 2005 case on more »