life without parole http://michiganradio.org en Michigan inmates get remedy in parole ban case http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-inmates-get-remedy-parole-ban-case <p>DETROIT (AP) - About 130 Michigan prison inmates will have an opportunity to seek parole in a case that ends an unusual state policy of treating them as mandatory lifers.<br /><br />The state won't appeal a 2013 court decision that struck down the policy and has agreed to clear the way for a parole process. Judge Deborah Servitto signed an order last week.<br /><br />It's an odd case. The inmates were sent to prison with life sentences for a variety of crimes but still had a chance at parole. Then they got in trouble for possessing a weapon or committing another offense behind bars. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:41:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16862 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan inmates get remedy in parole ban case Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-teen-uses-snow-days-writes-legal-brief-defense-juvenile-lifers <p>Sixteen-year-old Matelyn Sarosi&nbsp;wasn't building snow men or sipping hot chocolate during her&nbsp;recent snow days. Instead, she was drafting an 18-page legal document calling for a chance at parole for Michigan prison inmates&nbsp;sentenced to mandatory life in prison for crimes they committed before the age of 18.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:45:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16477 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers Michigan's High Court to rule on life-without-parole sentences for minors http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-high-court-rule-life-without-parole-sentences-minors <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the state's juvenile lifer law applies retroactively to more than 300 inmates. The question is whether those inmates are entitled to parole hearings or if the decision only applies to current and future cases.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;" /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The U.S. Supreme Court decision still al</span><span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">lows life-without-parole sentences for minors. But it said courts have to hold hearings to decide whether there are circumstances like abuse or neglect, or whether a defendant was coerced into committing the crime.<br /><br />The Michigan Supreme Court has also agreed to decide another question: whether minors convicted of assisting in a murder can be given life-without-parole sentences at all. The question is whether that violates the state constitution.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:39:03 +0000 Rick Pluta 15177 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's High Court to rule on life-without-parole sentences for minors New report highlights challenges for Michigan's juvenile lifers http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-highlights-challenges-michigans-juvenile-lifers <p>Teen offenders in Michigan are worse off than teens in other states.</p><p>That&#39;s according to<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/93527377/Basic-Decency"> a new report</a> from Michigan-based <a href="http://secondchances4youth.org/">Second Chances 4 Youth</a> and the state chapter of the <a href="https://www.aclumich.org/">ACLU</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 18:26:41 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 7479 at http://michiganradio.org New report highlights challenges for Michigan's juvenile lifers Juvenile offenders & life without parole http://michiganradio.org/post/juvenile-offenders-life-without-parole <p>A federal judge will hear the state&rsquo;s request to dismiss a <a href="http://www.aclu.org/drug-law-reform-human-rights-racial-justice/hill-v-snyder">lawsuit</a> challenging state law that allows juveniles offenders to be sentenced to life without parole this afternoon.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2163 at http://michiganradio.org Juvenile offenders & life without parole