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The Supreme Court has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to mandate that juveniles convicted of murder be sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole. (According to federal law, a juvenile is someone under the age of 18, but some states define “juvenile” differently.)
The decision comes in the robbery and murder cases of two 14-year-olds. Evan Miller was convicted of killing a man in Alabama, and Kuntrell Jackson was convicted of being an accomplice in an Arkansas robbery that ended in murder. Both were sentenced to life without parole.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes two years after the high court banned life without parole for juveniles convicted of crimes other than murder.
Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.