U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affect on Florida Juveniles

At least 250 Florida inmates could seek reduced sentences as the result of aU.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that states cannot mandate life terms without possibility of parole for those convicted of committing murder when they were under age 18.

Monday’s decision was hailed by juvenile-justice and civil-rights advocates who have long argued that children should be treated differently from adults in the criminal-justice system and that juveniles have a greater capacity to change.


Hard science demonstrates that teenagers and young adults are not fully mature in their judgment, problem-solving and decision-making capacities.