Columbus School of Law Associate Professor of Law Cara H. Drinan is quoted in a New York Times article about juvenile offenders who have been sentenced to lifelong prison terms despite recent rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States curtailing mandatory life sentences for juveniles.

Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite Rulings

From: The New York Times Date: Jan. 19, 2014 Author: Erik Eckholm

In decisions widely hailed as milestones, the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and 2012 acted to curtail the use of mandatory life sentences for juveniles, accepting the argument that children, even those who are convicted of murder, are less culpable than adults and usually deserve a chance at redemption.

But most states have taken half measures, at best, to carry out the rulings, which could affect more than 2,000 current inmates and countless more in years to come, according to many youth advocates and legal experts.

"States are going through the motions of compliance," said Cara H. Drinan, an associate professor of law at the Catholic University of America, "but in an anemic or hyper-technical way that flouts the spirit of the decisions."

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