A key decision last month by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), Diatchenko vs. District Attorney for the Suffolk District, struck down life without the possibility of parole sentences for those under 18 at the time of their offenses. This decision goes further than the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller by prohibiting the imposition of such sentences under any circumstances. The Child Advocate applauds the SJC decision and urges the enactment of legislation that provides for fair and individualized sentences for youth. Diatchenko vs. District Attorney for the Suffolk District pdf format of Diatchenko vs District Attorney for the Suffolk Distric
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