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Michigan Judge Mandates Parole Opportunity for Youth Serving Life Sentences

December 11, 2013

Federal Judge John Corbett O'Meara issued a strict directive late last month to the state of Michigan to take concrete, significant action toward implementing Miller v. Alabama, the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole to be unconstitutional for juveniles.  

O'Meara's order makes explicit that Miller must be applied retroactively, ordering that all people in prison currently sentenced to life without parole for a crime committed before the age of 18, and who have served more than ten years, be immediately eligible for parole. Furthermore, Judge O'Meara ordered that a program for implementation be drawn up by January 31, 2014. 

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