juvenile life sentence

6:54 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Illinois Juvenile Life Prisoners Get Second Chance

A final roadblock to a chance at freedom for Illinois’ juvenile lifers is now gone. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled back in March that anyone sentenced to mandatory life without parole as a juvenile should be re-sentenced. The Illinois Attorney General and Cook County State’s Attorney appealed the decision, but today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take it up. Patricia Soung is the attorney for Adolfo Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison when he was 16 years old. She says she expected the appeal to fail. 

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2:49 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Illinois Still Trying To Change Juvenile Sentencing Law

The youth prison in Saint Charles
Credit Mike Moen

The U.S. Supreme Court says it’s unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile offender to life in prison without parole. It’s been a year since that ruling was handed down. But Illinois has yet to update its law to reflect the ruling.

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