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.
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Beginning in 2005, the Court overturned many of the harshest policies aimed at juveniles.
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.
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.
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.
Earl Young and Calvin McNeill went to prison determined to win parole. They have spent a combined 72 years behind bars.
Juvenile lifers have committed horrible crimes that have stolen loved ones from their families. How do we deal with their pain?
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.
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.