In Miller, the Court did not say whether its ruling applied retroactively to inmates sentenced before the Court issued its ruling. After a number of state supreme courts reached opposite conclusions on this question, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide the issue. In Toca v. Louisiana, the Court will consider whether someone automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime committed while a juvenile is entitled to a new sentencing hearing.
The Court granted permission to hear the case on December 12th. A ruling is likely before the Court’s term ends next June.
Read more about the case in the New York Times.
Read OLR reports on juvenile sentencing:
- 2014-R-0108, Juvenile Sentencing Laws and Court Decisions After Miller v. Alabama
- 2012-R-0290, Summary of U.S. Supreme Court Case on Mandatory Life Sentences Without Parole for Juvenile Homicide Convictions
- 2012-R-0045, Summary of U.S. Supreme Court Case on Life Sentences Without Parole for Juvenile Nonhomicide Convictions