CJ303 Week 3 Discussion post---Does the imposition of a life sentence without parole on a juvenile c

CJ303 Week 3 Discussion post---Does the imposition of a life sentence without parole on a juvenile c

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Does the imposition of a life sentence without parole on a juvenile convicted of a non-homicidal offense violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of "cruel and unusual punishment?" “In the United States today, over 2,500 individuals are behind bars for life without the possibility of parole for crimes that they committed as juveniles” (Children’s Law and Policy, 2012); this is a shocking number of individuals within our country alone that are receiving life sentences for acts committed as juveniles. I do not say that I agree fully with life sentences being given to juvenile offenders and I don’t agree that the three strikes law should be applied to persons until they are of legal adult ages. I feel that children/juveniles are individuals that are still learning how the world works, what their boundaries are, what they can get away with, and who would notice if they were to do something. All of these things are typically done as a result of a need for
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Unformatted text preview: attention and not always are legal ramifications going to end the cycle of juvenile behavior. I think that each case should be individually considered and the parenting methods should be reviewed as well as the home life of the child. Let’s say for instance that a young boy kills his father because he has been abusing him and his mother for as long as he can remember; in an effort to stop the violence, he is then charged with murder and given a life sentence. Situations like this should warrant further investigation and there should be some degree of leniency provided as this would be a violation of the 8 th Amendment rights. There are some that would argue that a person is not privy to the rights provided by the Constitution until they reach adulthood and become contributing members of society and if this is the argument then perhaps release from a prison upon a juveniles 18 th birthday would further prevent any constitutional rights being violated....
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  • Spring '12
  • Law, Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, life sentences

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