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Supreme Court Rejects Restrictions On Life Without Parole For Juveniles

The court's conservatives said that a judge need not make a finding of "permanent incorrigibility" before sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 vote, ruled Thursday that a judge need not make a finding of "permanent incorrigibility" before sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole. At the center of the case was Brett Jones who was 15 when he stabbed his grandfather to death during an argument about Jones' girlfriend. He was convicted of murder, and a judge sentenced him to life without parole.

"In such a case, a discretionary sentencing system is both constitutionally necessary.

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