Supreme Court Ruling Means N.C. Inmates Convicted As Juveniles Could Be Paroled
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June 28, 2012
Triad, NC — They’re young. They’ll learn a lesson and change. They didn’t mean it. Those may be excuses parents make for a child’s poor behavior but what if your child takes someone’s life?
There have been 88 cases where children in North Carolina committed first-degree murder before they were 18.
More than two dozen of them were still younger than 18 when they were sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
But, that’s no longer an option. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to throw out mandatory life in prison without parole sentences for juveniles.
The justices believe the offenders might someday be rehabilitated.
The decision by the justices only takes out the mandatory part of the law but, all the same, it gives more than 2,000 inmates across the country – 88 of them here in North Carolina – a chance to get out of prison.