The Florida Supreme Court held unanimously that the United State Supreme Court’s holding in Miller v. Alabama barring mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles applies retroactively to juveniles whose sentences were imposed years ago.
According to the ACLU, Florida joins the supreme courts of Nebraska, New Hampshire, Illinois, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Texas, and Wyoming, as well as federal courts across the country.
The court also held in a companion case that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Graham v. Florida applied to term-of-year sentences so lengthy that they were de facto life sentences.
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