Landmark Decision

The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled in a landmark decision that a 41-year sentence for a juvenile offender constitutes the equivalent of a life term.

The decision triggers sentencing protections for juvenile offenders who are sentenced to more than 40 years in prison.

“We should be concerned about how long you have to spend in prison for what you did, despite the fact that you were so willing to give someone else a death sentence.”

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