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Saturday, March 17, 2018

California’s High Court Gives Judges More Leeway In Sentencing Juveniles

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided Monday that teenagers may be sentenced to life without parole for some crimes, but judges also are free to hand down lighter sentences of 25 years to life. Prior to the unanimous ruling, California law had been interpreted as requiring judges […]

May 5, 2014
Prison system

Illinois Supreme Court Orders Hearings For About 100 Inmates Sentenced To Life As Juveniles

By Steve Mills and Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune CHICAGO—The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that inmates serving mandatory life sentences for murders they committed as juveniles will receive new sentencing hearings, giving about 100 convicted killers a chance at freedom. The inmates, some of whom were as young as 14 at the time of the murders, […]

March 21, 2014