U.S. Supreme Court gets it right: Strikes down mandatory life without parole for juveniles

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that it is unconstitutional to mandate a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for a juvenile convicted of homicide….In its decision, written by Justice Elena Kagan, the court concluded that, “Mandatory life without parole for a juvenile precludes consideration of his chronological age and its hallmark features – among them, immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences.”