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Panel to discuss life sentences for juveniles

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on March 19, 2012 – 6:18 amNo Comment

A panel will explore moral and legal aspects of sentencing juveniles on trial as adults to natural life in prison without parole.
The University of Michigan Law School’s Juvenile Justice Clinic will convene the panel from 7-9 p.m. Monday on the school’s Ann Arbor campus.
Attorney Deborah LaBelle, American Friends Service Committee member Natalie Holbrook and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan communications director Rana Elmir are on the panel.

Donnie Logan, whose sentence of life without parole was commuted, also is on the panel.
LaBelle on behalf of the ACLU has represented prisoners sentenced to life in prison for crimes committed when they were minors.  She says more than 350 inmates in Michigan prisons are serving life sentences without parole for crimes committed in their youth.

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