No life sentences without parole for juveniles in Alaska

Vermont law already prohibits juvenile life without parole

But an Associated Press review has found the gate of freedom slow to open, including in Oregon. Several states across America followed up with laws prohibiting such penalties in new cases. Last year, the court said the ruling applied to the more than 2,000 inmates already serving such sentences nationwide, and that all but the rare irredeemable juvenile offender should have a chance at parole.

The court points to research showing that the brains of adolescents are still developing, making them susceptible to peer pressure and likelier to commit reckless acts without considering the long-term impact. But the multistep process doesn't guarantee a hearing, and California's justices ruled a year ago that it therefore fails to meet the Supreme Court's decisions.

Five Nevada juveniles who were sentenced for murder have been released since lawmakers ended "Life without parole", for juvenile offenders. That case isn't scheduled to go to trial until November of next year.

That's because city law has prohibited life-without-parole sentences for juveniles for decades.

It's been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made retroactive its 2012 ban on such sentences.




Beyond those eight, several more are serving de facto life sentences, terms so long they amount to death behind bars.

However, corrections officials say there are no known inmates facing life terms without parole for juvenile offenses.

The legislation won broad support, passing 145-1 in the House and unanimously in the Senate.

The ACLU is asking the state Supreme Court to clarify how offenders like Taylor can get legal help to file for resentencing. Carr, now 50, received three life terms without possibility of parole for half a century.

In 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that sentences of life without parole were unconstitutional for juveniles, ordering that such inmates could request resentencing. But the one who committed his crime in Los Angeles County was resentenced and has since been paroled, while the petition was denied in neighboring San Bernardino County, a more traditionally conservative area. The court's majority said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't address the consequences of multiple sentences.

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