Nov 9, 2011

Supreme Court Will Decide Another Life-Sentence-Without-Parole Case Related to Juveniles

In May 2010, the Supreme Court decided that sentencing juveniles convicted of non-homicide related cases to life without the possibility of parole violated the U.S. Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.

On Monday, as report in the LA Times, the court determined that it would hear a related case-whether juveniles convicted of killing someone can be locked up without the possibility of parole.

The two cases that will decide this issue deal with two men who were sentenced to life without parole for killings committed when they were 14 years old.

In deciding the 2010 case, the court noted that a youth does not share the same amount of culpability for crimes as an adult due to their impulsive nature and a  less developed capacity for evaluating consequences.