Judge orders parole hearings for juvenile lifers

file000495587744A federal judge in Detroit has ordered parole hearings for more than 350 juvenile lifers serving time in Michigan prisons.

Judge John O’Meara’s order says the state has until January 31st to send him a plan. It must ensure every inmate sentenced to mandatory life as a juvenile has a “fair, meaningful, and realistic” opportunity for parole.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette has argued a US Supreme Court decision that struck down Michigan’s juvenile lifer law and others like it should only apply to current and future cases.

Schuette could try to appeal Judge O’Meara’s order.

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