The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles may not be sentenced automatically to life without the possibility of parole for homicide because that sentence violates the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The decision follows recent rulings that outlawed the death penalty for juveniles and life without parole for young people whose crimes did not involve homicide. Research by the MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, cited by the Court in previous decisions, found that young people are less culpable — and more amenable to rehabilitation — because of their immaturity.
MacArthur supports reform in 35 states and aims to help accelerate a national juvenile justice reform movement to improve the lives of young people in trouble with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 17, 2010, that juveniles may not be sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide. Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice ...Watch