MANHATTAN - Today, Dan Quart, candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, released the following statement on SCOTUS’ Jackson vs. Mississippi decision:
“Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that judges need no reason to sentence youth to life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP). Even in cases where the facts demonstrate that a young person acted out of immaturity or impulsivity, judges are now able to sentence them to LWOP. Make no mistake, this decision all but guarantees that more children will die in prison, especially children of color who represent 70% of youth sentenced to LWOP.
“This decision is an urgent reminder of the power of prosecutorial discretion. We cannot reform this system without electing District Attorneys committed to ending juvenile LWOP-- it’s inhumane, barbaric, and essentially a death sentence.”