In the Miller vs. Alabama case in 2012, 14-year old Evan Miller was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after he and a friend fired shots at home where they had just bought drugs. Justice Elena Kagen argued that this sentencing would be violating the 8th Amendment which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Cheif Justice John Roberts said that the role of the court is to apply laws and not to discuss the questions of morality and social policy that arise in discussing amendment violation. In June of 2012, The Supreme Court on Monday limited the use of life terms in prison for murderers under 18, ruling that judges must consider the defendant’s youth and the nature of the crime before putting him behind bars with no hope for parole. (David G. Savage)
I agree with the court’s decision of considering the age of the defendant and what parts he or she played in the crime. I also believe that this should apply for those who are currently serving sentence of life without parole and were sentenced it when they were under the age of 18. They should be released and offered rehabilitation. I believe that since they were incarcerated at a young age their mind has matured and they have learned their lesson. They should be able to join the rest of society to promote change with other troubled youth.