Federal Judge Rules Juveniles Sentenced to Life are Eligible for ParolePosted on January 30th, 2013 No comments
Inmates sentenced to life in prison for murder as juveniles are eligible for parole and must receive a “fair and meaningful” chance at leaving prison, a federal judge said Wednesday.
The order from U.S. District Judge John Corbett O’Meara comes six months after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory no-parole sentences for juveniles. Juveniles sentenced to life in prison before the Supreme Court decision “will be eligible and considered for parole,” O’Meara wrote. “It remains to be determined how that process will work and what procedures should be in place to ensure that plaintiffs are fairly considered for parole.”
The web site for the Eastern District of Michigan was down when I checked it this evening. I will provide a copy of the opinion when I can access it.
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