BY CORTNEY HALL, UPDATED AT 07:17AM, AUGUST 14, 2014
Should you be punished for life for a crime you committed at the age of 14? That’s at issue in our highest courts right now.
There are roughly 100 juvenile offenders in Illinois who’ve been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Since the U.S Supreme Court found that unconstitutional each state must decide if that ruling is applied retroactively.
Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Iowa and Michigan are a few that said “no.” Illinois is one of the states that said “yes” which gives prisoners the chance to be re-sentenced and maybe even let out if it’s deemed they paid their debt.
WGN’s Cortney Hall spoke with one man who is fighting for the chance to be re-sentenced after serving quarter century in prison.