Book and DVD Reviews: 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story

The United States of America is the only country that condemns minors to life sentences without the possibility of parole. Not until 2005, in Roper v. Simmons, did the Supreme Court deem execution of a juvenile unconstitutional. Moreover, it was only in 2010 that the Supreme Court ruled that sentencing a juvenile to life without parole for a conviction of a nonhomicidal offense was unconstitutional. This momentous case, Graham v. Florida, had the potential to change the landscape of juvenile criminal justice. The Supreme Court’s decision affected 2,500 inmates sentenced to life as juveniles, 77 of whom are in Florida.