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Changing Sentencing Laws For Illinois Juveniles

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A group of Illinois lawmakers want to give some kids who are sentenced to life in prison a second chance.

The idea is to create a review process that could let some, who go to jail before they are 18, out on good behavior.

 In 2010 the Supreme Court ruled juveniles cannot be sentenced to life in prison anymore. 

There are about 100 around the state who were sentenced to life before that ruling. 

Supporters say this gives them a reason to turn their lives around, while critics, like victims' families, say they did the crime and should stay behind bars. 

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