Milwaukee DA, Legal Aid Society review juvenile life sentences

For 128 people now in Wisconsin prisons, decades have passed since they were put away for life for crimes they committed as children.

Although it might have once been thought acceptable to punish such offenders by locking the door and throwing away the key, doubts are now looming. Part of this change in attitudes is the result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding in recent years that children are “constitutionally different from adults for purposes of sentencing” because of their greater potential for reform.

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