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Mandatory Life for Juvenile Offenders
The United States Supreme Court has held that mandatory sentences of life without parole (LWOP) for juvenile offenders are unconstitutional. However, are these sentences prohibited because they are too severe for juveniles or because they are mandatory and don’t consider the immaturity or corruptible behavior of the offender? The Supreme Court is now considering this question in Mathena v. Malvo.