NJ Supreme Court Rules Young Offenders Can’t Be Given Life Sentences

WNYC | January 13, 2017 | Social
There are a number of juveniles in New Jersey serving life sentences, including one serving 100 years

The New Jersey Supreme Court is closing a loophole that could lead to juvenile offenders spending their entire lives in prison.

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed life in prison for youthful offenders, there are still a number of juveniles in New Jersey serving life sentences — including one serving 100 years. A WNYC News investigation also found racial disparities affecting which juveniles are tried as adults, which leads to longer and harsher punishment.

The state court ruling will require New Jersey to shorten the sentences of those in prison and stop de facto life sentences from this point forward.

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