Brown v. PrecytheJuvenile Offenders
After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions holding mandatory life without parole sentences for youthful offenders unconstitutional, the Missouri Supreme Court denied resentencing hearings for impacted youthful offenders. Instead, it left them to rely on the Parole Board, where inmates are not allowed to review information in their files and counsel are not allowed to correct factual mistakes. But, as a matter of law, youthful offenders are entitled to a meaningful opportunity for release based on demonstrated maturity and rehabilitation.
The MacArthur Justice Center filed a federal class action challenging the Parole Board’s demonstrated abuse of power, disregard for due process and failure to comply with state and federal law when it comes to youthful offenders previously given mandatory life without parole sentences.
Filed - October 31, 2017