The (quiet) radical shift in sentencing over the last thirty years: no death penalty for juveniles, but a life sentence for stealing golf clubs is okay

The media is a fickle thing. We talk about Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony, Michael Jackson’s doctor, and just about anything other trial that is sensational. Anyone heard of Graham v. Florida? Atkins v. Virginia? Didn’t think so. On the first day of the 2011-2 term for the Supreme Court I thought I would discuss the revolutionary changes in criminal punishment from the last thirty years that have been swept under the rug.… Read More