NACDL Supports U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Against Life Sentences Without Parole for Some Teenage Offenders
As reported by the Legal Dish, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28, 2010, that life sentences without parole cannot be handed out for juvenile offenders who commit crimes other than homicide. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers agreed with the court’s landmark decision, saying a life sentence without parole is as inappropriate as the death penalty.
Attorney Cynthia Orr, president of the NACDL, said in a statement on behalf of the organization psychologists and neuropsychiatrists agree children and teenagers naturally are impulsive.
Read more about the NACDL and their position on juvenile sentencing.