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Topics in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Offender Sentencing

Topics in Criminal Justice: Juvenile Offender Sentencing

Created on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 5:00 PM

Since 2005, the Supreme Court has issued a series of rulings that have changed the way juvenile offenders are sentenced in the U.S. According to the Sentencing Project, the first milestone in the road to rethinking juvenile sentencing was the case Roper V. Simmons in 2005, which established that juveniles cannot be sentenced to death. Graham v. Florida in 2010 established that in all cases but homicide, the sentencing of juveniles to life without parole was also unacceptable.