Court: Constitution Bans Life without Parole for Juveniles

Justice Kagan announced the opinion for the court in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs today, holding, in a five-to-four vote, that “the Eighth Amendment forbids a sentencing scheme that mandates life in prison without possibility of parole for juvenile offenders.” SCOTUSblog has the story. The American Bar Association hailed the ruling saying, “We are gratified that the court followed its precedents…in determining that juvenile offenders are constitutionally different from adults for sentencing purposes. Juveniles are less morally culpable and more capable of rehabilitation than adults convicted of the same crimes.” Read the ABA’s brief in the cases