High Court Used Inaccurate Data On Life-Without-Parole Inmates


The Justice Department has told the Supreme Court that some information the court used in its ruling this month on life-without-parole sentences was inaccurate, reports Legal Times. The court ruled that the Eighth Amendment bars the sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole for non-homicide crimes.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that “there are six convicts in the federal prison system serving life without parole sentences for [juvenile] non-homicide crimes.” That information came from the federal Bureau of Prisons, but Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal told the court this week, “it appears that none of the six inmates listed [] is serving a life sentence based solely on a nonhomicide crime completed before the age of 18.” Katyal said all of the inmates cited by the prison bureau were convicted for criminal conduct that continued after they reached 18, or involved killing someone.

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