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Juveniles can still receive life without parole in Michigan despite Supreme Court ruling

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The family situation of a juvenile can play a role in the decision to sentence them to life without parole.

 You might remember the story in the news recently that told of the release of a young man who had been sentenced to life without parole.

Davontae Sanford was convicted and sentenced at age 14 for four murders. The courts recently found he was wrongfully convicted.

In 2012 the Supreme Court banned the use of mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles. 

But that doesn't mean it's completely banned.

Lisa Armstrong wrote an article for The Intercept titled "Hard Time." She joined us today on Stateside to talk about juvenile sentencing and why there are still so many juveniles serving life sentences. 

GUEST Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist. She tweets @LisaArmstrong.

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