The Christian Science Monitor ran a good piece yesterday on the movement across various states to do away with life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders. Much is familiar, but important nevertheless and certainly worthy of update: primarily, legislation pending in Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Nebraska and California to allow parole hearings for this category of offenders.
One line jumped out at me as surprising and, if true, notably disappointing: “The current legislation in Illinois is unlikely to go anywhere,” reporter Amanda Paulson writes, “with its key sponsor backing away last week and saying more time is needed to dialogue with victims.” That’s the first I’d heard. I’m now on the lookout for corroboration on this troubling development. Illinois readers (that means you, Dad!), if you see any news reports on the topic, send ’em my way.