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State contracts $1 million with children's rights group to represent juveniles lifers in resentencing hearings

Wednesday 10th of October 2018 | North America, United States
The Advocate
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The state board that supervises public defenders has entered a $1 million contract with a children's rights group to represent more than 80 juvenile offenders awaiting resentencing hearings after district attorneys filed to retain their life without parole prison terms — sentences deemed unconstitutional except in rare cases by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

The Louisiana Public Defender Board last week made final its partnership with the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights, which will provide defense work for all of Louisiana's juvenile lifer cases still pending, in which prosecutors oppose new sentences that include a chance at parole.

About 300 inmates in Louisiana were impacted by the 2016 Supreme Court ruling that found mandatory life without parole sentences for youth offenders unconstitutional, even in prior cases. A state law later provided two-thirds of those prisoners, all convicted of murders committed at 17 or younger, new sentences that included a chance at release. The remaining cases, nearly 100 of them, need a court hearing to determine a new sentence due to the prosecutors' opposition.

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