juvenile life without parole
Michigan has roughly 360 inmates in prison for life who were convicted of first degree murder when they were just teenagers.
Hundreds of students from a Catholic school are asking the state Supreme Court to give some prisoners a chance at release,
Those now incarcerated for crimes committed under age 18 would stay locked up despite pleas for a second look.
The court will decide whether roughly 360 prisoners serving mandatory no-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were under age 18 deserve a shot at freedom.
The legislation would apply only to future criminal cases, not retroactively to the state’s 360 or so inmates who were under 18 when they committed crimes, mostly murder.
Prosecutors say 21-year-old Matt Landry was held for four days before he was shot in the head. His body was later found inside a burned out vacant house in Detroit.
Tia Skinner’s life sentence will be revisited because the U.S. Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for teens convicted of murder. She was 17 at the time of the deadly attack.
Should teens convicted of the most brutal crimes be punished just like adults? Or should their youth matter?
Bill Schuette believes a judge’s recent opinion on no-parole sentences for juveniles covers only five prisoners and is not a sweeping decision affecting other inmates.
All Michigan inmates serving no-parole sentences for murder committed as juveniles are entitled to a fair and meaningful possibility of release, a federal judge has ruled.