• Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

U.S. Supreme Court: Life sentences on juveniles open for later reviews

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that youth sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole have the right to an eventual parole hearing. The ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana, clarifies the court's landmark 2012 ruling, Miller v. Alabama, in which the court barred mandatory sentences of life without parole for youth.

Michigan was one of a handful of states that did not apply the Miller ruling retroactively to the more than 330 people in Michigan currently serving this sentence. Today's decision brings new hope to these individuals and their families as well as thousands around the country, who will now receive new sentencing hearings or be considered for parole.

Read the full decision here

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