Ju­ve­nile rul­ing was long over­due

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

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.

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