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State Triples Number Of Prisoners Affected By Supreme Court Ruling On Life Sentences Without Parole PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:22

RALEIGH, (AP) — There are more offenders in North Carolina prisons serving mandatory life-without-parole sentences for killings committed when they were young than state correction officials initially announced this week after a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

 
The state Division of Adult Correction said Tuesday that 88 people are incarcerated for life without the chance for parole for first-degree murder convictions for offenses that occurred before they were 18.
 
The division at first calculated the number of prisoners at 25 on Monday — the day a U.S. Supreme Court ruling struck down automatic life sentences without parole for youths because it constituted cruel and unusual punishment. A division spokeswoman said Monday's number was a research error.
 
The justices' ruling means these prisoners could file appeals that may give them a chance to seek parole.
 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:24
 
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