The article “Justices Put Juvenile Sentencing Back On The Front Burner” from Law360 discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case Jones v. Mississippi, which features a petition asking whether the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment requires sentences to find a juvenile is “permanently incorrigible” before sending them to life without parole. 

The article reflects on other cases which have set a precedent for the Court’s opinion on sentencing juveniles, including Miller v. Alabama in 2012, a decision which declared that mandatory juvenile life sentences are unconstitutional. And Montgomery v. Louisiana in 2016which required courts around the country to resentence an estimated 2,800 juvenile lifers so that their youth could be fairly considered. 

Read the full article here [subscription required]. 

Lauren Klosinski

ALI Staff

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