U.S. Judge Orders Parole Hearings for Juveniles Jailed for Life

This week, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey ordered new hearings for Missouri prisoners sentenced as juveniles who were previously denied parole. Judge Laughrey barred the parole board from denying release solely because of the seriousness of the crime. The ruling comes after the inmates filed a class-action lawsuit against Missouri's prison system. They alleged that the parole board didn't give them a fair shot at freedom, despite a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found life sentences for juveniles without parole to be cruel and unusual punishment. 

The ruling affects about 80 inmates.

August 19, 2019 - 12:20pm
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