Today on Current State: the debate over whether juvenile offenders should receive life without parole; a new CEO at the non-profit Prima Civitas Foundation; the bygone era of the passenger pigeon and Detroit's jazz legacy.
Later this year, we mark the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon---the last being a resident of a Cincinatti zoo. The well-publicized event capped the annihilation of a species whose population at one point was so overwhelming that one ornithologist believed there were more passenger pigeons than all other species combined.
Efforts to bring the population under control began back in the mid 19th century, in part because enormous flocks wreaked havoc on trees and farms.
ByMark Bashore, Joe Linstroth & Scott Pohl•Mar 6, 2014
Since 2006, East Lansing's Prima Civitas has been a catalyst for economic and community development --initially in mid-Michigan and eventually across the state. The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.
The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments today on what should be done with more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles. The Michigan case follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring life without parole sentences for minors violates the U.S. constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.