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Throw away the key?

The Los Angeles Times looks at an issue that may be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court – whether juvenile offenders should be eligible for life without parole.

At issue is whether it is cruel and unusual punishment to sentance a minor to a lifetime of incarceration when the crime does not involve a homicide.

According to the Times, 109 of the estimated 2,500 U.S. prisoners serving life terms for juvenile crimes were put away for convictions such as burglary, assault or rape.

The Supreme Court will reconsider the issue in the fall term that opens Oct. 5.

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