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Politics & Government
1:05 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Report denounces 'outdated' juvenile justice laws

'Youth Behind Bars' co-author by Michelle Weemhoff thinks current juvenile justice laws do more harm than good.
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“Michigan’s outdated approach to youth justice does little to rehabilitate children, protect public safety or wisely invest taxpayer dollars.” This quote is among the provocative conclusions of a new report, co-authored by Michelle Weemhoff and her organization the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Breaking down the debate over juvenile lifers

The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the fate of more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.
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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. 

Current State speaks with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s statehouse bureau chief, Rick Pluta.

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NewsRoom
3:04 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Juvenile Lifer Cases

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether more than 300 inmates sentenced to life without parole for murders committed while they were juveniles are entitled to parole hearings.

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NewsRoom
5:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Bill To End Automatic Life Sentences For Juveniles Clears State Senate

People serving mandatory life sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles would not get a chance at re-sentencing, under a bill approved Thursday by the state Senate.

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NewsRoom
2:31 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Debate Over “Juvenile Lifers” Legislation Heating Up Over The Summer

A group of state lawmakers is focusing its attention this summer on bills dealing with Michigan’s so-called “juvenile lifers.”

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NewsRoom
6:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

State Court Of Appeals Says Juvenile Lifers Can’t Be Re-Sentenced

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A U.S. Supreme Court decision banning automatic life sentences for juveniles does not apply to those already serving in Michigan.  

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Lawmakers Considering “Juvenile Lifer” Bills

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Juveniles convicted of murder in Michigan would no longer face mandatory life sentences under bills in the state House.   

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NewsRoom
6:15 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Michigan Court Of Appeals Hears Arguments On Juvenile Lifer Case

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Judges on a Michigan Court of Appeals panel say state lawmakers should figure out how to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on so-called “juvenile lifers.”

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NewsRoom
7:01 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

AG Schuette Not Backing Down on Keeping Juvenile Lifers Behind Bars

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State Attorney General Bill Schuette isn’t done trying to make sure everyone sentenced as juveniles to life without parole in Michigan remains behind bars.

As Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher reports, the U.S. Supreme Court in June declared mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Schuette: Teen Lifers Don’t Deserve Re-Sentencing

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is against holding re-sentencing hearings for hundreds of inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles. That’s despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

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NewsRoom
7:06 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Juvenile Lifer Ruling Requires Authorities to Track Down Victims

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A state House committee held a hearing Tuesday on what Michigan needs to do to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Judge Economy: Life Prison Sentence Still Possible for Lansing Teen

Judge George Economy
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A ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court has confusing repercussions for a recent court decision in Lansing.  The high court ruled that laws like Michigan’s that sometimes mandate life sentences for juveniles found guilty of serious crimes are unconstitutional.

In January, a jury found 15-year old Charles Lewis Junior of Lansing guilty of accomplice to murder, a felony. WKAR’ Mark Bashore spoke with Ingham County Judge George Economy to clarify how the ruling impacts Lewis’ sentence.     

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NewsRoom
8:34 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Michigan Prepares to Re-sentence Juvenile Lifers

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Arrangements are being made to return more than 350 Michigan inmates to the courts where they were sentenced. The prisoners will get new sentences under a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

U.S. High Court Ruling Gives Some Hope of Parole to Juvenile Lifers

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down state laws like one in Michigan that automatically sends some juveniles to prison for life with no chance of parole.

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NewsRoom
3:08 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

SCOTUS Ruling Gives 350+ MI Inmates Chance For Parole

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the constitutionality of state laws allowing juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.
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The U.S.  Supreme Court has struck down state laws that allow juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. Michigan is one of several states that allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.

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