by Max Brantley
The U.S. Supreme Court today said it was unconstitutional to give life sentences for juvenile crimes except murder.
A map prepared on the subject by Frontline indicated there were 73 Arkansas prison inmates serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed as juveniles, but it didn't differentiate on types of crimes.
However, an extensive study at Florida State University covering all but three states found about 109 juveniles nationwide serving life sentences for crimes other than nurder. But, according to a state response in 2009, none in Arkansas. This study showed Arkansas held 58 people sentenced to life-without for murders committed as juveniles. They aren't affected by this ruling.