In 2005, Texas, which executes far more people than any other state, gave juries the option of imposing lwop instead of execution.
lwop also appeals, of course, to voters who are worried about executing an innocent person.
In other words, she concluded, when juries have discretion, they choose not to sentence juveniles to lwop.
Kagan responded that 85 percent of the juvenile lwop sentences come from jurisdictions where the sentence is mandatory.
Roberts thinks it means most states believe lwop for juveniles is warranted.
They became two of more than 40,000 people in the United States serving such sentences, known in legal circles as lwop.
A society that embraces lwop is a society that has thrown in the towel way too early.
There is a principled answer to this conundrum: lwop is never appropriate.