According to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), entitled “False Hope: How Parole Systems Fail Youth Serving Extreme Sentences,” thousands of men and women are serving life sentences for crimes they committed under 18 and could be offered parole or shortened sentences—but are never given the option.
According to figures obtained by the ACLU, in 12 states alone, over 8,300 juvenile offenders are serving sentences of parolable life or at least 40 years . . .
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