Juvenile Life without Parole Sentences Unconstitutional

On November 12, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court decided Aiken et. al. v. Byars, holding life without parole sentences for crimes committed by juveniles are unconstitutional, unless the sentencing court convened a sentencing hearing and considered all mitigating circumstances, as mandated by the Supreme Court of the United States in Miller v. Alabama.  Charles Grose represents one of the 15 juveniles in Aiken et. al. v. Byars.  Please click here to read the court opinion in Aiken et. al. v. Byars.