Ill. Supreme Court ruling could mean early release

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CHICAGO (AP) _ An Illinois Supreme Court ruling may mean more than 100 inmates serving life sentences without parole may be released early from prison.

The Thursday ruling applies to inmates who have imprisoned for murders they committed when they were juveniles. It makes the state supreme court the latest court to rule regarding a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That ruling determined that sentencing juveniles to life without parole constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Since then, state courts have been deciding whether the ruling should be retroactive to apply to inmates in prison for crimes they committed as juveniles.

Thursday’s ruling to grant new sentencing hearings for the inmates stems from a case involving a lawsuit filed by an inmate convicted of murder when he was a juvenile.

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  • tiredofourgovernment

    Only in Illinois where criminals run the state!!!!!
    All the more reason to let the law abiding citizen carry a gun!!!

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    One of the few things I’ll agree with my right-wing extremist cohorts on here: This is wrong.

    Life without parole should be life without parole. I don’t care if you were 10 years old when you maliciously and selfishly took somebody else’s life intentionally, you are no longer fit to live in human society and should be locked up like an animal for life.

    Yes, it IS cruel and unusual, in a sense: But for some of these “minors”, that’s exactly what they need.

    What would be interesting now is to track these 100 offenders. I’m going to make a safe bet that at least 50% will commit some violent crime after their release.

    All I know is if somebody I loved was killed by one of these creeps, I’d be very upset with the courts. Not like I’m not already upset with them, anyway, these days!

    P.S. Carrying a gun isn’t the solution, though. Never has been, never will be.

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