Good Law | Bad Law #47 Part 1 - Mandatory Life Sentences for Juveniles W/ Brooke McCarthy

Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast series Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Brooke McCarthy a fellow at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, PA. Brooke is here to discuss mandatory life without parole sentences for Juveniles who have committed very serious crimes.


The Juvenile Law Center works to help over-turn or re-negotiate sentences of youths that have been convicted of violent crimes. Brooke tells us about three crucial cases that paved the way for organizations like the Juvenile Law Center to do what they are doing: Roper v. SimmonsGraham v. Florida, and Montgomery v. Louisiana.


Here are the cases we discuss on the show:

Roper v. Simmons made it illegal for courts to hand down the death penalty to minors.

Graham v. Florida declared it was cruel and unusual punishment to sentence a juvenile to a life without parole sentence.

Montgomery v. Louisiana made the courts go back and re-try cases where a juvenile had been given a life without parole sentence.


Join us for this riveting conversation as we discuss the Juvenile Law Center and mandatory life sentences for juveniles.


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Host: Aaron Freiwald

Guest: Brooke McCarthy



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