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Where court is unsure, mandatory life is unconstitutional (access required)

  For juvenile murderers, being sentenced to spend their natural lives in prison is a judgment reserved for those whom the court has explicitly found can never be rehabilitated—the “irreparably corrupt” and “permanently incorrigible.” So where a Mecklenburg County trial court found “no certain prognosis” for a defendant who was 17 when he killed two people, ...

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