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Sentenced to Life as a Teenager in Maryland -- Any Hope of Freedom?

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Do juvenile offenders in Maryland, sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, have a realistic opportunity for release? A federal judge heard arguments on this question this month, in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three men, now in their 50s, who were sentenced as teenagers. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled it’s unconstitutional to juveniles to life without the chance of parole. We discuss the case with Walter Lomax, executive director of the Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.