This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about whether a juvenile who committed murder and received a life without parole sentence should have the sentence reconsidered. In 2012 the Supreme Court ruled in Miller v Alabama that mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles who committed first degree murder was unconstitutional. The issue in the case heard this week (Montgomery v Louisiana) is whether Miller should apply retroactively to crimes that were committed long ago by juvenile offenders.
The plaintiff in the case, Henry Montgomery, killed a police officer in 1963 when he was 17. If the court rules in his favor, 69 year old Montgomery would be given a new sentencing hearing to show why he should be allowed a chance at freedom.