City sees no impact from life-without-parole case
Supreme Court decisions that barred states from imposing mandatory life-without-parole sentences aren’t affecting the District.
That’s because city law has prohibited life-without-parole sentences for juveniles for decades.
In Washington, a law that outlines the punishment for first-degree murder says that anyone under 18 who commits murder can’t be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Juveniles can still be sentenced to long prison terms as a result of serious crimes or multiple charges. These can effectively be life sentences.