Washington State Top Court Nixes Life Without Parole for Minors

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By Christopher Zoukis The trend by states moving to reject life sentences without the possibility of parole for juvenile offenders continued this year when the Washington State Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional on October 18. In State of Washington v. Brian Bassett, the court noted that states were “rapidly…

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No Resources for Programs to Help Prisoners Make Parole in West Virginia

by Christopher Zoukis West Virginia’s prison and jail population has continued to grow despite the passage of a sweeping prison reform bill, so much that the state has been taking bids from private prison operators to house hundreds of prisoners in out-of-state facilities. Sadly, as the overcrowding program grows, the…

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DIETRICK MITCHELL’S LIFE SENTENCE WAS COMMUTED FOUR YEARS AGO — SO WHY IS HE STILL IN PRISON?

By Dianne Frazee-Walker Dietrick Mitchell is just one of four dozen men in the Colorado Department of Corrections serving life without parole as adults in prison —sentenced when they were juveniles.  Mitchell is now forty-years-old, but can easily be spotted in the prison yard with his awkward boyish looks. Tragically,…

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Interview With Kyle

By Dianne Frazee-Walker 25-year-old Kyle has lived in Salida, Colorado most of life. He has also been involved with the court system for almost half of his life. His first brush with the law occurred at age 14 for just being a kid. Riding a dirt bike was the gateway…

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The Pitfalls of Electronic Monitoring

By Dianne Frazee-Walker Prior to the March murder of Colorado corrections chief Tom Clements by parolee EvanEbel, there were many warning signs that monitoring bracelets were not properly functioning. Ebel was a parolee, who wore an ankle bracelet.  He tore off his ankle bracelet and went on a shooting spree killing Clements and…

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