House committee studies juvenile parole issue

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some Michigan lawmakers are making another attempt to ban the sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the chance of parole.

The House Judiciary Committee was holding a hearing on the matter Wednesday.

The American Civil Liberties Union has been working with some lawmakers to repeal the practice since 2003. But the bills have not gained enough momentum to pass the Legislature.

An estimated 300 Michigan inmates convicted of crimes committed before age 18 are serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

A 2005 study by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International says Michigan has one of the nation's highest rates of imposing life sentences without parole on juveniles.

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