Juveniles Sentenced to Life Have Option for New Reviews

Robert Barnes
January 25, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled that Miller v. Alabama's prohibition on teenagers sentenced to life imprisonment for murder must have a chance to argue that they be released from prison.

The court said its 2012 decision that struck down mandatory life imprisonment terms without parole for juveniles must be applied retroactively. Their 6-3 decision gives thousands of people, who are currently serving time in prison, the opportunity to have their sentences reheard and the hope for release. The decision continues the trend of the court in deciding that juveniles convicted of even the most heinous crimes must be treated differently than adults. It has also ruled out capital punishment for juveniles.

Read more about the decision and stay tuned for a more in-depth look at how this decision impacts young people sentenced to life imprisonment.