SCOTUS: No Life Without Parole for Juvies – Graham v. Florida

[5/17/10 – 1:23 pm] This morning, the United States Supreme court ruled that a sentence of life without possibility of parole for a juvenile offender who has been convicted of a non-homicide crime violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishments. In reaching its decision, the Justices did not rely on the law followed in the vast majority of States that permit such a sentence, but rather based its holding on, among other sources, foreign law.

Download a copy of the Court’s holding in Graham v. Florida.

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