Juvenile ruling was long overdue
Re: “A just ruling on juvenile sentences,” Jan. 27 editorial.
This week’s decision by the Supreme Court — requiring Colorado to revisit the life sentences of 48 inmates who were convicted of murder when they were juveniles— was long overdue. The Colorado legislature should have ensured that these sentences were revisited back in 2012 after the Miller vs. Alabama decision stated that mandatory life- withoutparole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Given the failure to act four years ago, there is now a moral imperative to begin the process without delay. Furthermore, as the courts are recognizing that juveniles often have the capacity to reform, the 40- year sentences now used by the Colorado courts should also be reconsidered.
Jean Kingston, Lafayette Send letters of 150 words or fewer to openforum@ denverpost. com or 101W. Colfax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO, 80202. Please include full name, city and phone number. Contact us at 303- 954- 1331.