Supreme Court case slowly impacting certain violent offenders

In June, the United States Supreme Court held that juveniles who committed murder while under the age of 18 cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. However, the Court’s holding did not make clear whether this mandate should be applied retroactively or whether it should apply only in future cases. As […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part III

Last week, we began a series of posts about the difficulties and controversies of sentencing juvenile offenders for serious crimes such as murder. Most juvenile crimes are generally sentenced lightly, with the understanding that minors make mistakes and should be allowed to reform as they grow older. However, when teenagers commit serious or violent crimes, it is […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part II

Earlier this week, we began a discussion about the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a sentence of life without parole for a man who committed first-degree murder when he was just 14 years old. The recent ruling highlights Wisconsin’s difficult and often controversial viewpoints about how to punish juvenile crime. The defendant was convicted of […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court keeps life sentence for juvenile: Part I

In January, we wrote that the Wisconsin Supreme Court was reviewing an unusual and difficult case of juvenile crime. The Court needed to decide whether or not to uphold a sentence of life without parole for a man who killed another teenager when he was only 14 years old. The Court’s ruling was delivered this […]

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Can Minors Be Sentenced To Life In Prison Without Parole?

When it comes to crimes committed by minors there is much debate over appropriate sentencing. When minors are convicted of serious crimes – ones which usually result in the death penalty or life in prison – deciding how to sentence them is very contentious. Currently the Wisconsin Supreme Court is reviewing a case involving strict […]

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