No more automatic life without parole for juveniles

August 9, 2012 in Local News, News, Top Stories

By: Press Associated
The Toledo Journal
Originally posted 6/27/2012

The Supreme Court ruled Monday it’s unconstitutional for states to require juveniles convicted of murder to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The 5-4 decision is in line with others made by the court including ruling out the death penalty for juveniles, and life without parole for juveniles whose crime did not involve killing.
The decision also left the door open to the possibility that judges could sentence juveniles to life without parole in individual cases of murder, but said the state cannot automatically impose such sentence.