6-1 Discussion: Make Your Case

In the Supreme Court case Miller v. Alabama (2012), the opinion of the court states:

Mandatory life without parole for a juvenile precludes consideration of his chronological age and its landmark featuresamong them, immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences.

Take a position. Do you believe that life without parole is an appropriate sentence for a juvenile?

First, title your post either “Life Without Parole Is Appropriate for Juveniles” or “Life Without Parole Is Inappropriate for Juveniles.”

Then, using the information gained in this module and the resources noted above, make your case. In what ways are juveniles culpable? Is it possible for youth to be irreparably corrupt? What developmental evidence should be taken into consideration, if any? Be sure to build your case with factual resources.

In your response to your peers, consider how well they justified their position, making use of available resources. Consider the following questions in your response posts:

  • Did they support their position convincingly using appropriate resources?
  • Which of their points make the most sense to you, even if you made your case for the opposing viewpoint?


Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. 460 (2012). Retrieved from https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/cert/10-9646

To complete this assignment, review the document.