The U.S. Supreme Court has just reversed two decades of consistent decisions that required judges to consider rehabilitation before sentencing juveniles to life without parole.
Ignoring science, the new majority of right-wing justices voted six to three that locking up the kids and allowing them to die in prison was just fine, rehabilitated or not.
Research has shown that the prefrontal cortex (brain area for reasoning and self-control) is not fully developed until the mid-20’s. That is one reason why minors are not allowed to vote, serve on juries, or join the military.
Now, say the judges, children as young as 13 can be denied freedom for the rest of their lives. This decision will worsen the acute racism in the justice system. Already, 70% of youngsters sentenced to life are children of color. This madness must be stopped!
Halt life sentences for kids! End life appointments for the Supreme Court! Term limits would make the court more representative of and accountable to the vast public.