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Disposing of Children: The Eighth Amendment and Juvenile Life Without Parole After Roper


Hillary J. Massey


Boston College


Boston College Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 1083, 2006

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This paper argues that sentencing juveniles to life without parole violates the Eighth Amendment on its face after the Supreme Court's decision in Roper v. Simmons. In the alternative, it argues that the sentence violates the Eighth Amendment as applied in certain cases. The paper also presents reasons for the abolition of the sentence as a matter of state and federal policy.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: Juvenile, Life Without Parole

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Date posted: August 29, 2006  

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Massey, Hillary J., Disposing of Children: The Eighth Amendment and Juvenile Life Without Parole After Roper. Boston College Law Review, Vol. 47, p. 1083, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=926758

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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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