The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has found that juveniles under the age of 18 can not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder because their brains are not fully developed at that age.
In overturning existing law that requires life in prison without parole for such offenses, the court found that such a sentence is cruel and unusual punishment; that because of this possible immaturity, a judge cannot determine if the killer is "irretrievably depraved."
We find that curious, since the person who was killed by the socalled immature killer is irretrievably dead.
For some, 15 years, the amount of time a person would have to serve before being eligible for parole, may seem like a long time. But for the person who has lost his life, or the family that loved him, 15 years is a short time indeed.