Lawmakers and law enforcement officials continue to grapple with the impact of yesterday's major Supreme Court ruling regarding juveniles and the criminal justice system. The court ruled 5-4 that juveniles convicted of murder cannot be sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The ruling affects 29 states, including Massachusetts, and is something of a culmination of a year's long-trend where the high court and those 29 states seem to have been moving in different directions when it comes to the constitutionality of severe juvenile sentences.
- James Fox, professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University
This segment aired on June 26, 2012.