Incarceration of Children in Massachusetts Mohamed Jalloh

"Minor" and "Adult" Definition

The Massachusetts court of law rules a minor under the age of 18. They rule an adult 18 or older.

Extenuating Circumstances Effects on Defintion

In the state of Massachusetts, these definitions don't change in due to extenuating circumstances. To convict a minor on extenuating circumstances would be a violation of the eight amendment. The charge for a crime for minors would be the minimum sentence.

"Diatchenko v. District Attorney for the Suffolk Dist."

This was a court case about a minor who committed muder and was suppose to be sentenced to life without parole. This was overruled by the court becuase it was a violation to the eight amendment. This is an example of the court not using extenuating circumstances.

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