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A series of Supreme Court decisions that limit the punishments available for children who commit the most serious crimes. Beginning in 2005, the Supreme Court prohibited death sentences for crimes committed as children, then life-without-parole sentences for non-homicide crimes, then said even homicide crimes can only get life without parole in the "rarest" of circumstances. The overarching idea is, kids are different, and less deserving of the harshest punishments, because their brains are not yet developed and they have better hopes of rehabilitation and change.
News April 30
The new ruling could worsen existing racial disparities in states that condemn teens to die in prison.
Justice Lab January 30, 2020
The Supreme Court ended automatic life without parole for children. What replaces it remains unclear.
News August 12, 2018
For some, science is outpacing the High Court on juveniles and the death penalty.
News March 12, 2017
Now 28, he’ll be re-sentenced, unless the court finds him ‘irreparably corrupt.’
News May 19, 2016
The high court has said most kids shouldn't be sentenced to life without parole, but some prisoners' fate are in the hands of politics.
News September 22, 2015
New study places a quarter of the sentences in a handful of urban areas.
Commentary June 12, 2015
A Colorado judge on why we don’t know nearly enough about the link between the young brains and behavior.
News May 20, 2015
How many years make a life sentence for a teenager?
Commentary March 2, 2015
On the 10th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision about juveniles and the death penalty, what has really changed?