• Jul 29, 2015

Houston Institute & Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute File Brief Opposing Juvenile Life Without Parole

Building on our prior briefs in Graham v. Florida, Miller v. Alabama, and the state corollary Diatchenko v. District Attorney for Suffolk District, today the Houston Institute filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court urging a categorical approach to finding juvenile life without parole unconstitutional. We argue that national standards of decency do not tolerate death-in-prison sentences for juveniles; life without parole is an excessive punishment when imposed upon a juvenile offender; and a categorical bar is the most straightforward way to resolve the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana. We were grateful to partner with the Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute in authoring and filing this brief.

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