High Court: Life without parole sentence for minors unconstitutional

Roger Harnack

The state Supreme Court today ruled that sentencing a juvenile to life in prison without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional.
The ruling upheld a state court of appeals decision that life without parole is cruel punishment for a teenager.
The 5-4 ruling is the second in a week’s time in which the justices intervened in prison-related cases.
Last week, the high court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.
See story in the upcoming Oct. 24 edition of the Statesman-Examiner.