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Sentencing Young People

The Washington Supreme Court ruled that “there is no meaningful cognitive difference between 17-year-olds and many 18-year-olds,” and courts must exercise the same discretion when sentencing a 17-year-old to die in prison as they do when sentencing 18- to 20-year-olds.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court ruled that “there is no meaningful cognitive difference between 17-year-olds and many 18-year-olds,” and courts must exercise the same discretion when sentencing a 17-year-old to die in prison as they do when sentencing 18- to 20-year-olds. 

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