California Supreme Court Prohibits Lengthy Sentences for Juveniles Convicted of Non-Homicide Crimes
August 27, 2012 | From the field | Juvenile Justice

The California Supreme Court ruled in People v. Caballero that a term of years sentence that is tantamount to life for a juvenile in a non-homicide is unconstitutional. In the case, the Court held that the defendant’s 110-year sentence for a non-homicide committed at age 16 is effectively life without parole, thereby violating the U.S. Supreme Court’s ban on such a sentence in the 2010 case Graham v. Florida.  The MacArthur-supported Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief on behalf of several organizations in support of Caballero.