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September 14, 2009

Michigan looking at its (many) juve life sentences

These two new articles in the Detroit News spotlight that "Michigan is among a growing number of states reconsidering whether juveniles should be sentenced to life behind bars with no chance of parole":

Here are parts of the starts of each piece:

Teens can be sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole in most states. But Colorado, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas have outlawed such sentences.

The Michigan House Judiciary Committee is considering bills that would allow those serving such sentences to be considered for parole, or ban such sentences. Two hearings have been held so far, and the committee plans to propose a package of bills addressing the issue later this fall, according to Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, the committee chairman. "It was very emotional testimony -- we had victims' families testify, prosecutors testify, relatives of children in prison testify," Meadows said.

Michigan's high number of teens sentenced to life in prison without parole has child advocates questioning laws that give judges that option. Behind bars are 346 teens who are serving life without parole for crimes they committed between the ages of 14 and 17, according to the Department of Corrections.

A study by the University of Texas says Michigan has the second most such inmates in the country. The report also says Michigan is among the harshest in the way it treats teens accused of major crimes.

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My God, Texas is one of the progressive states...I think I'm going to start investing in Hell Money...

Posted by: Res ipsa | Sep 14, 2009 4:15:56 PM

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