In another very important decision, the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 margin with Justice Kennedy joining the four more liberal justices, ruled that mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders violates the 8th Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. You can read the full ruling here.
By requiring that all children convicted of homicide receive lifetime incarceration without possibility of parole, regardless of their age and age-related characteristics and the nature of their crimes, the mandatory sentencing schemes before us violate this principle of proportionality, and so the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Unsurprisingly, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Roberts were all fine with it.
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