By The Register’s Editorial

“Elected officials have been “getting tough on crime” for decades. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court told them they had gotten too tough on some juvenile offenders. In Graham vs. Florida, the court ruled it was unconstitutional to impose life sentences without parole for offenders who committed crimes other than murder when they were juveniles. But Iowa had been doing exactly that for years. State law requires life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault.”

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