Supreme Court Ruling Bars Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles
Interview with Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
In another important ruling before its summer adjournment, the Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 that imposing mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole for juveniles convicted of murder is unconstitutional. However, under the ruling, judges can still sentence juveniles to life without parole, but only on a case-by-case basis. The high court had abolished the death penalty for juveniles in 2005 and in 2010 had eliminated life without parole for juveniles for crimes not involving homicide.