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Alan Simpson and the Constitution

The former senator thinks that life sentences without parole shouldn’t be given to minors who committed an offense less than homicide. He thinks such sentences are, indeed, unconstitutional, and he has written up his thoughts in an op-ed. At no point does he bother to explain exactly how these sentences run afoul of the Constitution. Is there a Prohibition on Bad Policies Clause in one of the amendments?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.