A Thursday ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court could mean the early release of over 100 inmates serving life without parole for murders they committed as juveniles.
The court is the latest of its kind to rule regarding a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that viewed sentencing juveniles to life without parole as cruel and unusual punishment. Since that federal ruling, state courts have been deciding whether or not it should retroactively apply to inmates in prison for crimes they did as juveniles.
Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court ruling granted new sentencing hearings for the inmates in question stems from a lawsuit filed by Addolfo Davis, who is serving life without parole for a crime committed as an eighth grader.
The ruling said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling could be applied retroactively.
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