No life Sentences for Juveniles
August 19, 2013
States across the country, including Pennsylvania, are considering changes to their juvenile sentencing laws in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court case that determined life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional. The court has ruled that the sentence must take into account "the mitigating qualities of youth," such as immaturity and impulsivity. At least 10 states have changed their laws to comply.