Supreme Court Bans Life without Parole for Juveniles

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The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that mandatory life without parole sentences for children under 17 years old are unconstitutional. The ruling struck down statutes in 29 states that required life without parole in cases of homicide.

Bryan Stevenson is an attorney and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based legal nonprofit. He argued the case before the Supreme Court, and has for years claimed that race and poverty are powerful forces in influencing which children receive life without parole sentences and which don't.