Righting a Grave Injustice in Louisiana – The New York Times

“The Supreme Court had people like Taurus Buchanan in mind this week when it reinforced a 2012 decision banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles and found that people sentenced before that ruling had a constitutional right to seek parole.The Buchanan case, documented in an investigation by The Marshall Project and Mother Jones magazine, illustrates what the court meant when it found that it was morally and constitutionally wrong to equate emotionally undeveloped children with adults. It also offers a lesson in how the country went terribly wrong in the early 1990s when it erased some of the legal distinctions between children and adults in the interest of getting “tough on crime.”Mr. Buchanan, who is 39 and an inmate at the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, was just 16 when he was convicted of second-degree murder for throwing just one punch during a street fight, leaving a 12-year-old boy dead. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.”

Source: Righting a Grave Injustice in Louisiana – The New York Times