Juvenile justice

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

Lansing Watchdog: Fighting for a Second Chance for Juvenile Lifers

2016-05-17 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – May 16, 2016

In January 2016, the U.S.. Supreme Court settled an outstanding question in the interpretation of their series of promising opinions addressing the moral and legal question of whether juvenile defendants in our criminal justice system should be treated in the same manner as adults. 

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

Hope for Michigan Juveniles Condemned to Die Behind Bars

2016-01-26 00:00:00

Matthew Bentley was 14 years old in 1997 when he broke into a house he thought was unoccupied. While rummaging for valuables, he was confronted by the owner. That's when Matthew shot and killed her with a gun he found in the house.

At the time of his crime, Matthew couldn't legally smoke, drive or join the military, but he would receive a mandatory adult sentence — life without the possibility of parole.

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