Keefe v. Kirkegard

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Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief in support of Steven Keefe, who was sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when he was under the age of 18.

Our brief argued that a life without parole sentence, whether mandatory or discretionary,  is unconstitutional if imposed without consideration of youth and its attendant characteristics. We further argued that the sentencer at resentencing must consider evidence of rehabilitation arising post-conviction and cannot impose a sentence of life without parole absent a finding of "irreparable corruption" as required by Miller and Montgomery.