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

36 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2006  

Hillary J. Massey

Boston College

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Juvenile, Life Without Parole

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=926758

Hillary J. Massey (Contact Author)

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