Oct. 18, 2022 – People v. Hardin (2nd Dist., Div. 7, B315434)

The Court of Appeal holds that PC 3051(h), which excludes from the youth offender parole scheme defendants who were sentenced to LWOP for an offense committed between the ages of 18 and 25, violates equal protection. For the purposes of determining eligibility for youth offender parole, there is no rational basis for distinguishing between young adults sentenced to LWOP and young adults sentenced to a parole-eligible life term.