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CDC says no to clearing encampments during coronavirus outbreak

People living in outdoor homeless encampments should not be evicted during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus unless they can be moved to individual housing units, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended.

Growing Up Behind Bars

The United States was the only country to condemn minors to life in prison with no chance for parole. In recent years the Supreme Court has ruled this unconstitutional. Yet more than 2,000 so-called juvenile lifers remain in prison in what the court says is cruel and unusual punishment.

Supreme Court Decisions

Beginning in 2005, the Court overturned many of the harshest policies aimed at juveniles.

Michigan and Florida Go Different Routes

Both states had large numbers of juveniles sentenced to life without parole. Both have hit speed bumps as they try to respond to the Supreme Court.

Parole In The Hands Of Governors

In most states parole commissions decide who should be released. Only three require the governor to sign paroles. Each state has handled the court’s rulings differently.

Pennsylvania’s About-Face

In the Keystone State more than 500 juveniles served sentences of life without parole. Today many of them have been resentenced, many to time served.

Meet The Juvenile Lifers

Earl Young and Calvin McNeill went to prison determined to win parole. They have spent a combined 72 years behind bars.

The Victims’ Side

Juvenile lifers have committed horrible crimes that have stolen loved ones from their families. How do we deal with their pain?

The Glendening Effect

Former Gov. Parris Glendening’s “life means life” policy changes criminal sentences for hundreds of prisoners. It is a decision he calls “a mistake,” but its impact continues to this day.

Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide

Urban heat islands vividly illustrate the price humans will pay in the world’s growing climate crisis. With an abundance of concrete and little shade, they get hotter faster and stay hotter longer. And the people who live there are often sicker, poorer and less able to protect themselves.