While many states grapple with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bans mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, that's not an issue for Hawaii. Last year, the court said the ruling was retroactive for the more than 2,000 offenders serving such sentences nationwide, and that all but the rare juvenile offender whose crime reflects "permanent incorrigibility" should have a chance at parole one day.
Concluding that Carr's sentence violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment, the state justices said Carr's youth and maturity level at the time of the crime must be weighed in determining whether life without parole for 50 years is fair.
Offenders given true-life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles have gained a glimmer of hope they might someday be released. His attorneys are seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review.
All Missouri inmates already doing time for first-degree murder committed as juveniles must serve 25 years before getting a parole hearing. It also would allow them to petition for resentencing after 10 years.
Since the law was changed, 14 juvenile offenders serving life have been resentenced.
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Another roughly 100 former teen offenders in the state must serve the minimum 51 years before parole eligibility, records from the Tennessee Department of Correction show.
"We are aware of four or five others that are potentially coming up for resentencing soon", Mark Fairbairn, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, said in a statement.
The Supreme Court's findings apply "with equal strength to a sentence that is the practical equivalent of life without parole", the New Jersey court wrote, referring to the 2012 ruling in Miller v. Alabama.
There is at least one case in Tennessee courts that challenges the 51-year sentence.