In late April, the Supreme Court decided a case that rolled back protections for youth convicted of homicide — making it easier to sentence minors to life in prison without parole. Across the country, juvenile justice advocates condemned the decision, citing research that children are more likely to stop committing crimes than adults.
To find out more about this landmark decision, I spoke to Marsha Levick, chief legal officer at the Juvenile Law Center. Levick talked to me about the history of youth sentencing, the research behind the laws and steps to initiate change.
This interview was edited for clarity and length.