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Louisiana Is Poised to Abolish Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles [Slate]

Friday, June 3, 2016  
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President Obama and Louisiana Governor


On Tuesday, Louisiana’s Senate voted to abolish juvenile life without parole, allowing juvenile offenders to become eligible for parole after 35 years in prison. The Louisiana House has already passed a similar measure, and once they pass the bill, it will go to Governor John Bel Edwards, who strongly supports juvenile justice reform and is highly likely to sign it.


This article examines the constitutional implications of Louisiana’s actions, specifically, their effect on Eight Amendment standards for cruel and unusual punishment.


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