‘…”Even a 17 1/2 year-old who sets off a bomb in crowded mall or guns down a dozen students and teachers is a `child’ and must be given a chance to persuade a judge to permit his release into society,” said Alito, who read his dissent aloud in the courtroom. “Nothing in the Constitution supports this arrogation of legislative authority.”…’
‘…The court took a significant step forward by recognizing the fundamental unfairness of mandatory death-in-prison sentences that don’t allow sentencers to consider the unique status of children and their potential for change,” said Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, who represented Jackson and Miller. “The court has recognized that children need additional attention and protection in the criminal justice system.”…’
The data contained within the decision is a sad comment on a society’s view of children. ‘….According to data provided to the court, roughly 2,500 people are behind bars for life with no chance of winning their freedom for murders they committed before their 18th birthday. Seventy-nine of them are in prison for crimes that took place when they were 14 or younger. More than 2,000 of them were there because the sentence was mandated by a legislature….’ Court: No automatic life without parole for kids and from the court itself: SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, Syllabus: MILLER v. ALABAMA
PS I have been told and seen it written where the State of Florida has more kids in prison doing life sentences than the rest of the nation combined.