Filed - December 28, 2016

Gray v. Missouri Department of Corrections


The MacArthur Justice Center has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Eric Gray challenging the Missouri Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) parole system violation of the constitutional rights of youthful offenders.

Citing a series of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the suit argues that inmates who were sentenced for crimes committed as children, like Mr. Gray, require special consideration by the state’s Parole Board.

By depriving juvenile offenders of individualized, youth-focused assessments, the lawsuit charges, MDOC parole proceedings violate due process requirements and the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments.