48 Colorado Inmates Serving Life Will Get Sentence Reviews

January 26, 2016

Dozens of Colorado inmates serving life sentences for crimes they committed as teenagers will be considered for release under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The Denver Post reports that the high court's ruling announced Monday settles the debate over a 2012 ruling that found it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles convicted of murder to automatic life terms without the possibility of parole. Seven states, including Colorado, had refused to apply the ruling to those convicted before 2012.

But the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent decision paves the way for 48 inmates sentenced between 1991 and 2006 to have their sentences reviewed.

Across the U.S., more than 1,000 inmates will now be considered for parole or reduced prison time.

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