Category: Wendy Kaplan

When should young killers be set free?

June 2nd, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wendy Kaplan 0 comments

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Wendy Kaplan, School of Law

A Supreme Judicial Court decision eliminating mandatory life sentences without parole for those who commit a murder while under age 18 has forced emotional debate over when young killers should – and shouldn’t – go free…

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“I think the real tension is not just going to be how many years before someone is eligible for parole, but how parole guidelines might change for those junveniles.”

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California court charts new path on life without parole for juveniles

May 8th, 2014 in 2014, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wendy Kaplan 0 comments

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Wendy Kaplan, School of Law

The California Supreme Court on Monday ordered judges in possible life-without-parole cases to take into account the differences between children and adults, endorsing the idea that young people have greater prospects for reform and rehabilitation…

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“The rulings are important. They reiterate the recognition that kids are different from adults, and those differences must be factored into decisions about their sentencing. [They] recognize that juveniles, even those convicted of the most serious murders, are not necessarily beyond rehabilitation. The fact that they are young gives them the possibility of redemption, which a sentence of [life without parole] prohibits.”

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