Prisoners’ rights advocates argue that lengthy resentencings and repeated parole denials keep juvenile offenders in prison indefinitely, a punishment they feel is too harsh for crimes committed at a young age.
Ledale Nathan is one of about 2,600 people nationwide who received a life sentence without parole for crimes committed as juveniles. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that such mandatory life in prison without parole sentences were unconstitutional. Four years later, the court made the decision retroactive in Montgomery v. Louisiana. These decisions rendered Nathan’s initial sentence unconstitutional, leading to a resentencing trial in 2014.