In the next session of the Connecticut legislature, there must be a priority to pass legislation that will give a “second look” at lengthy juvenile prison sentences. In several recent cases the U.S. Supreme Court has held that juveniles sentenced to life without parole must be given some “meaningful opportunity” for release “based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation.” This is the so-called “second look.” In Graham v. Florida, the Court held that the Eighth Amendment prohibits juveniles who commit non-homicide crimes from being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. To do so would be to conclude “at the outset that those offenders will never be fit to reenter society.” (130 S.Ct. 2011, 2010).
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