Monday, September 14, 2009

Michigan: Clemency for Teen Lifers?

The Detroit News notes the State's "high number of teens sentenced to life in prison without parole has child advocates questioning laws that give judges that option." According to the News, there are 346 teens serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed between the ages of 14 and 17. It is also reported that this number "could climb" following a recent rash of crime. But Michigan is also looking at a $2.8 million deficit and Gov. Jennifer Granholm has shut prisons and paroled 3,000 more prisoners than usual to shave $120 million in costs. According to the News, Granholm has also commuted "more prison sentences than any other governor since at least 1969 -- 100 in less than seven years, compared with 35 during Gov. John Engler's 12 years in office." See story here.

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