New Report on LWOP in Illinois

Progress on the campaign to abolish life without parole in my home state: the Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children, a group that includes lawyers and academics and advocates, put out a report yesterday that calls for doing away with LWOP sentences for juvenile offenders. There are currently 103 inmates serving such sentences in the state, and the report draws on interviews with most of them. The document comes at an opportune moment, as state legislators are currently developing a bill that would allow periodic parole hearings for these offenders. Victims’ rights groups, naturally, are up in arms over the proposed measure. The Chicago Tribune and the AP (via the Chicago Sun-Times) have the story.

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One response to “New Report on LWOP in Illinois

  1. Please learn about wrongfully convicted 15-year-old Latino honor student named Efren Paredes, Jr. and how you can help end this injustice. Efren was sentenced to three life sentences in Berrien County, Michigan. It is a veritable death sentence in this state. He has been imprisoned now 19 years.

    Visit our web site at http://www.4Efren.com and sign our online petition at http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/4Efren. You can also visit our blog at http://4Efren.blogspot.com and our MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/4Efren.

    You are also encouraged to support the call for an end to the imposition of life without parole sentences on children in the USA by signing our online petition. A link appears below:

    http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/jlwop

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