DC sees no impact from high court's life-without-parole case

DC sees no impact from high court's life-without-parole case

DC sees no impact from high court's life-without-parole case

To punish youths with the same severity as adults and to then make those sentences mandatory - taking away any discretion to weigh each offender individually - fails to consider that difference or the potential for rehabilitation, the court said in determining that no-release sentences are unconstitutional for all but the rare juvenile whose crimes reflect "permanent incorrigibility".

States are taking a new look at juvenile life without parole after the U.S. Supreme Court past year applied its ban on no-parole sentences for minors retroactively and said that all but the rare irredeemable juvenile offender should have a chance at parole one day.

Court records show OR still has five men serving true-life sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Juveniles can still be certified to stand trial as adults, but they will no longer automatically be sentenced to life without parole for crimes that carry that sentence. The most prominent is Thurston High School shooter Kip Kinkel.

In 2014, the Hawaii Legislature abolished life without parole for people younger than 18.

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In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed mandatory life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

The Missouri Supreme Court.

However, corrections officials say there are no known inmates facing life terms without parole for juvenile offenses.

The proposal also would have allowed juveniles to be eligible for a shot at parole after serving 15 years when their crimes didn't result in the death of someone. That figure includes three inmates who had death sentences changed to life without parole after the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 banned capital punishment for offenders under 18. But the one who committed his crime in Los Angeles County was resentenced and has since been paroled, while the petition was denied in neighboring San Bernardino County, a more traditionally conservative area. Carr, now 50, received three life terms without possibility of parole for half a century.

The Missouri Supreme Court continues to sort out such cases. The court's majority said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't address the consequences of multiple sentences.

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