Mass. must adjust sentences for murders by juveniles
When the US Supreme Court struck down mandatory life sentences without parole for those convicted of crimes while younger than 18, it left Massachusetts legislators with a repair job. Appeals are surely coming from the 60 juveniles convicted of murder and sentenced to a life behind bars with no hope of parole under Massachusetts’ now-unconstitutional law. So that courts don’t end up revising sentences in an ad hoc fashion, Beacon Hill needs to provide legislative guidance.