Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 17 and Denied Freedom at 52

Lauren Gill, The Appeal •

Of the 521 people released since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that people sentenced to life without parole as children must be given a chance at freedom, most are concentrated in several states. In Pennsylvania, to date, 190 of the 533 people eligible for resentencing have been released, according to the Juvenile Law Center. Louisiana has also had some success: Thirty-five of its 310 juvenile lifers have been freed, while others are awaiting resentencing hearings, Kerry Myers of the Louisiana Parole Project told The Appeal. In Michigan, 95 of its 363 prisoners sentenced as children have been released, though prosecutors have sought to have more than half of them live the rest of their lives in prison. 

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