Prisoners serving life without parole for offenses they committed when they were juveniles have received much attention after the United States Supreme Court found in Miller v Alabama that mandatory life without parole for juveniles violated the Eighth Amendment and found that its Miller decision applied retroactively. Courts have begun the process of sentencing and resentencing these individuals, some of whom are still teens and some of whom have served 40 years or more in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC). All told, not including new cases that come before the court, approximately 370 prisoners will receive individualized sentences under the state laws enacted to implement Miller and Montgomery v Louisiana. This article examines a few ways in which federal and state corrections law and corrections policy affect this population.
Thomas, Kimberly A. "Juvenile Lifers and Juveniles in Michigan Prisons: A Population of Special Concern."Mich. B. J. 96, no. 9 (2017): 24-6.