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Judge Rules for Rights of Lifers
(2007-10-26)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled the rights of
more than 1,000 inmates serving life sentences in state prisons
have been violated since parole policies were toughened in the
1990s.
U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani says the cumulative effect
of the parole changes violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on laws
being applied retroactively.
She released her decision earlier this week. She has yet to
decide what it means for 1,000 to 1,200 prisoners sentenced before
1992 to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
The Michigan Parole Board has been less willing to release
prisoners sentenced to life with the possibility of parole --
adopting a "life means life" policy.
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