I believe there has to be a national push to force the Department of Justice to implement national standards so that all states are operating the same as it relates to juveniles. The flexibility that each state has in my opinion is doing our youth more harm than good. I hope the Supreme Court shows some strength with this case!!
Between 10am and noon today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether it is constitutional to sentence someone to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a crime they committed as a juvenile - even homicide.
Experts say that the court's reasoning in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs, which are being argued back-to-back by the same attorney, is likely to turn on new understandings about brain development, which indicate that children under 18 have a diminished capacity for understanding the consequences of their actions.
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