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Youth sentenced to life in FL prisons given new life

Should we sentence minors to life without parole? Florida says no.

As of July 1st, 2014, juveniles in Florida, sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, can have their cases reviewed by a judge. Based on a number of circumstances and the quality of their counsel, it’s possible to have the sentence reduced.

In the state of Missouri, the case of Bobby Bostic, a minor sentenced to 241 years in prison at the age of 16, serves as a grave reminder of how serious these cases are.

The case of Bobby Bostic of Missouri

Bobby is one of approximately 2,100 inmates in the U.S. sentenced to life-without-parole for crimes committed as minors. This past April 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Bostic’s appeal.

Bobby Bostic was 16 when sentenced to 241 years in prison for robbery and kidnapping. His one day crime spree resulted in multiple crimes, making him ineligible to benefit from the 2010 Missouri Supreme Court ruling abolishing life sentences for juveniles convicted of nonhomicide crimes.

Thankfully, modern science has begun to change the way people think about sentencing terms for crimes committed by juveniles.

Immature Brains

There is no doubt in the scientific community that adolescent brains are not the same as their adult counterparts. Here are a few examples:

  • Reduced ability to make sound decisions
  • Poor impulse control
  • Less capable of defending their actions
  • Poor response to pressures of courtroom

In the case of Bobby Bostic, he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for nonhomicidal crimes committed on one day as a sixteen-year-old kid.

When a child is sentenced to life without parole, it’s critically important, especially in today’s changing political landscape, to assign the case to a successful attorney who can right this wrong.

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