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Supreme Court Eliminates Life without Parole Sentencing, Expect in Homicide, from Juvenile Cases

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that, other than in crimes of homicide, the sentence of life without the possibility of parole was cruel and unusual punishment for juveniles.  The ruling was made in a 5-4 vote. 

"The inadequacy of penological theory to justify life without parole sentences for juvenile nonhomicide offenders, the limited culpability of such offenders, and the severity of these sentences all lead the Court to conclude that the sentencing practice at issue is cruel and unusual." ~Justice Anthony Kennedy.


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