MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is criticizing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will give convicted murderers a chance at freedom if they were juveniles when the crime was committed.
The Supreme Court voted 6-3 Monday to retroactively apply a 2012 decision that struck down automatic life sentences without parole for teens convicted of murder.
Alabama was one of seven states that had refused to apply the high court’s decision to inmates who can now be considered for parole or given a new sentence.
Strange said in a statement that the ruling could apply to at least 70 convicted murderers and he’ll work to ensure that they serve out their sentences.
Officials from the Southern Poverty Law Center advocacy group call the decision a milestone in criminal justice reform.