(AP) — The Supreme Court has made it easier to sentence minors convicted of murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The ruling reflects a change in course driven by a more conservative group of justices.
In a dissent, a liberal justice accused her colleagues of gutting earlier decisions that said life without parole sentences for people under age 18 should be rare. The current case involved a Mississippi inmate and a crime committed when he was 15.
Justices were considering whether a minor has to be found to be incapable of being rehabilitated before being sentenced to life without parole. In a 6-3 decision Thursday that split the justices along ideological lines, the court said no.