State v. Patrick

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Kyle Patrick was sentenced to 33 years to life, for a crime he participated in when he was 17, while his adult co-defendant received a sentence of only 13 years. Juvenile Law Center, The Office of the Ohio Public Defender, and other advocacy organizations filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court in support of Kyle. Our brief argued that the imposition of any life imprisonment sentence upon a juvenile offender, including a life tail, imposed without considering youth and its attendant characteristics, is unconstitutional under the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions. We further argued that the future possibility of discretionary parole is not an adequate substitute for individualized sentencing.