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14 Years Old and Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole: Professor Laura Cohen Can Discuss the Constitutional Issues

March 19, 2012 – 

On March 20, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs. Both cases involve the imposition of a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for a homicide committed when the petitioners were 14 years old.

CLINICAL PROFESSOR LAURA COHEN can discuss whether such a sentence on a 14 year old violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments’ prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments. Professor Cohen teaches in the law school’s Urban Legal Clinic and a seminar on Juvenile Justice. She also co-directs the Northeast Regional Juvenile Defender Center, an affiliate of the National Juvenile Defender Center, which is dedicated to improving the quality of representation accorded children in juvenile court. She can be reached at lcohen@kinoy.rutgers.edu or 973-353-3187.