Amicus Brief on Life Sentences for Youth

In October 2019, the Schubert Center for Child Studies provided a statement of interest for a brief of amicus curiae by the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Juvenile Law Center and others. The argument for the petitioner’s proposition of law includes 1) A juvenile offender’s sentence is unconstitutional when the trial court does not consider youth when it sentences him to a life tail; 2) The future possibility of discretionary parole is not an adequate substitute for individualized sentencing; 3) The growing trend in favor of individualized sentencing for children underscores the unconstitutionality of the sentence imposed in this case (Kyle Patrick V. State); 4) A juvenile offender’s sentence is unconstitutional when it denies him the opportunity to appear before the parole board while it is still meaningful. The court’s understanding of what is considered a “meaningful opportunity” for a teenager and the implications of the court’s decision are of distinct concern to the Schubert Center.

Read the full Brief Amicus Curiae here.