It was been one year since the Supreme Court of the United States determined
that a mandatory sentence of life without parole for offenders convicted of
murder for offenses committed when under age 18 is cruel and unusual punishment.
We will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court decision for juveniles in
Massachusetts, the status of pending litigation and legislation, as well as the
national response to the decision to date.
Marlies Spanjaard, Esq., program chairThe EdLaw Project, Boston
Barbara Taylor Kaban, Esq.Committee for Public Counsel Services -- Youth Advocacy Division, Boston
Juvenile and Child Welfare Section