Their lawyers have long urged juries to give juvenile defendants a second chance. Now a growing number of states are rethinking the wisdom of sentencing teenagers to life in prison. Two states have recently passed -- and at least 11 states are considering -- legislation that would end life sentences for those under 18 years old, or restrict charging juveniles as adults. The Supreme Court is examining two Florida cases in which juveniles were given life sentences without parole for crimes other than murder.
More States Rethinking Life Sentences for Teens
The National Law Journal
March 15, 2010