People v. Stovall
As the result of plea agreements, Montez Stovall was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for second degree murder committed when he was a juvenile. However Michigan’s parole process fails to offer any “meaningful opportunity for release” as required by Graham. Juvenile Law Center, along with Juvenile Sentencing Project, and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, filed an amicus brief in the Michigan Supreme Court on behalf of Mr. Stovall’s application for leave to appeal. Our brief urged the court to grant review in order to address the constitutional deficiencies in Michigan’s parole process and ensure that Michigan provides youth sentenced to parolable life a meaningful opportunity for release.