SCOTUS: All Juvenile Offenders Have The Right To Apply For Parole
The Supreme Court ruled that anyone who was sentenced as a minor should have the right to apply for parole, since they have a "lack of maturity."By Grant Suneson | January 25, 2016
On Monday, the Supreme Court made a huge decision that could allow thousands of juvenile offenders to be let out of prison much earlier than expected.
In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled it's unconstitutional to sentence minors to life in prison without the opportunity of parole. Now, it's ruled that decision should apply retroactively.
This means the more than 2,000 people who received a mandatory sentence of life without parole for a crime they committed while they were under the age of 18 will be able to apply for early release.