SCOTUS Rules Ban on Automatic Juvenile Life Sentencing Retroactive

Source: NPR

In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court has determined that the Miller v. Alabama decision, which ended automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, can be retroactively applied, meaning that “some 2,100 juvenile murders will now have the possibility of parole,” reports NPR.

In the case Montgomery v. Louisiana, SCOTUS ruled that “it did indeed have jurisdiction” to review the case of Henry Montgomery, who killed a police officer at 17-years-old in 1963.

As Justice Kennedy summarized in the majority opinion, “…prisoners like Montgomery must be given the opportunity to show their crime did not reflect irreparable corruption; and if it did not, their hope for some years of life outside prison walls must be restored.”

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