juvenile lifers

Still image from Natural Life. Reenactments in prison cell shot at an abandoned prison in Jackson, Michigan.
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Two years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life without parole for minors falls under “cruel and unusual punishment.” But the states are still deciding what to do with current inmates sentenced to life as children, and to date Michigan is among the states with the most juvenile lifers in the country.

300 Michigan inmates are serving mandatory life sentences for murders committed when they were teenagers

The state Senate has proposed similar legislation, but the new House bill would also apply to current prisoners.

Michigan has second highest number of juvenile lifers in nation