Innocence Project cofounder on Supreme Court juvenile justice ruling listen05/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
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Today, the US Supreme Court ruled that juveniles convicted of crimes not related to murder cannot be sentenced to life without parole. There are currently more than 2500 juvenile offenders serving this type of sentence. More than half are first-time offenders, and many were convicted of crimes other than murder.
The case that resulted in this decision originated in Florida.
WMNF spoke with Judith Scully, a professor at Stetson Universityâ€™s College of Law. Scully, who co-chairs Stetsonâ€™s Innocence Project, said the ruling is a step in the right direction.