On July 28, the Michigan Supreme Court held that the mandatory imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on an 18-year-old violated the state constitution.
This decision expands the protections provided for young defendants by the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama and builds on a nascent trend that provides additional constitutional and statutory protections for young people over 17 years old who are charged with serious offenses.
Thomas, Kimberly. Mich. Ruling Widens Sentencing Protections For Young Adults. Law 360 Portfolio Media Inc., 2022.