Life Sentences for Juveniles

Craig Bradley

Indiana University Maurer School of Law


Trial Magazine, October 2012, p. 52
Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213

This article analyzes the 2012 consolidated cases of Jackson v. Alabama and Miller v. Hobbs. The issue is whether a mandatory life without parole sentence is ever appropriate for a juvenile and concludes that it is not. However, the Court does not rule out such LWOP sentences. They may be given on an individual basis after consideration of the characteristics of the crime and the defendant in an individual case. Given this, it is hard to see any solid argument for allowing the legislature to determine in advance that all juveniles who are convicted of murder, even one who had only minimal involvement in the killing such as the 14 year old Jackson, must be given LWOP regardless of the circumstances of their case.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: Juveniles, Sentencing, Life without parole

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Date posted: October 9, 2012 ; Last revised: July 12, 2013

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Bradley, Craig, Life Sentences for Juveniles (2012). Trial Magazine, October 2012, p. 52; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158689

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Indiana University Maurer School of Law ( email )
211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
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