Supreme Court says no to mandatory life sentences for minors

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that judges must decide if a juvenile is sentenced to life without parole on a case-by-case basis, the Star Tribune reported.

The ruling was voted in 5-4 "along ideological lines," according the the Star Tribune.

The ruling does not outlaw all life without parole sentences for juveniles, but invalidates all state laws that made those sentences mandatory for homicide, the New York Times reported.

The decision was made based on scientific research that suggests children are much more likely to change and be rehabilitated than adults, the New York Times said.

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Finally Supreme Court has given some sensible decision. Parole sentences for juveniles was always an topic of debate.
Alex Brad Xtreme NO

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