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California Supreme Court Agrees To Review Case Alleging Cruel And Unusual Punishment
California supreme court agrees to review case alleging cruel and unusual punishment to incarcerate juvenile for lengthy prison sentence
The case alleges it is unconstitutional to imprison juveniles for lengthy prison sentences without hope of parole when the crime does not result in a death.
David Durchfort, counsel for Caballero, argued that the 110 year-to-life sentence is cruel and unusual punishment because it assures he will die in prison. Children who do not commit murder, but receive high sentences that extend parole eligibility beyond life expectancy, are deprived of the chance to rehabilitate themselves and eventually reenter society. According to Durchfort, Caballero’s 110-year-to-
“This case has the potential to dramatically change the juvenile justice landscape in California,”