State Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences Without Parole For Youth

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Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 decision released Thursday, the state’s highest court said sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole or early release constitutes cruel punishment. The ruling was in connection with a case involving Brian Bassett who was convicted of killing his mother, father and younger brother in 1995 when he was 16. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Court’s ruling upholds an earlier Court of Appeals decision to send Bassett’s case to the trial court for resentencing.