SCOTUS: Ban on Life Sentences for Juveniles Can be Retroactive

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Three years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for those under 18 were unconstitutional. Today, the court said that ruling also applies retroactively.
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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified a ruling that should set free more than 1,300 prisoners who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles.

Three years ago, the nation's highest court ruled that such sentences were unconstitutional for individuals under the age of 18. In today's majority opinion from Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court said that ruling also applies retroactively.

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for The National Law Journal, walks us through the details of this ruling.