Archive October 2021

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Jones v. Mississippi: Permanent incorrigibility not required to sentence juveniles to life without parole; retroactivity case law questioned, door opened to proportionality claims

A sentencing court does not have to find that a juvenile is permanently incorrigible to sentence them to life in prison without parole, the U.S. Supreme Court held April 22 in Jones v. Mississippi. While that holding received wide publicity, less attention was given to the opinion’s potential impact on the Court’s retroactivity case law.

Lombardo v. St. Louis: Prone restraint can be excessive force even when detainee resists

Prone restraint can constitute excessive force even though the detainee resists officers, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 28 in Lombardo v. City of St. Louis, Missouri