A Florida Senate committee approved a bill Monday that essentially would allow courts to continue sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole, despite rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that such sentences are unconstitutional.
In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in a Florida case that states cannot sentence juveniles to life without possibility of parole for non-homicide crimes. In 2012, the justices ruled in an Alabama case that states cannot mandate life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. Juveniles can still be sentenced to life, but courts first must consider mitigating factors.
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