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Opinion analysis: Further limit on life sentences for youthful criminals [SCOTUS Blog]

Monday, January 25, 2016  
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The Supreme Court ruled today that its decision in Miller v. Alabama – which held that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders – should be applied retroactively. Today's ruling simultaneously expanded upon the Miller ruling, while also leaving open a loophole by which states can avoid having to obey the new ruling for closed cases. Here’s an analysis of today’s ruling from the SCOTUS Blog:


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