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Petition of the day

The petition of the day is:


Issues: (1) Whether the Eighth Amendment’s requirement of individualized sentencing for a child who confronts a sentence of life in prison is satisfied by the possibility that a future parole board may exercise its discretion to release him early; and (2) whether the imposition of a mandatory life sentence on a child convicted on a joint venture theory, without any individualized sentencing consideration, violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment.

Recommended Citation: Kate Howard, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (Jan. 9, 2017, 11:23 PM),