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ACLU of Md.: State parole system for juvenile lifers is unconstitutional

ACLU of Md.: State parole system for juvenile lifers is unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's parole system for juveniles sentenced to life in prison, alleging that the current setup is unconstitutional because youths don't have a meaningful chance for release.

More than 200 people are serving parole-eligible life sentences in Maryland for crimes committed as juveniles — but no juvenile lifer in the state has been paroled in the past two decades, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

"Many of these individuals have now served 30 or 40 years or more and have made admirable progress to demonstrate their maturity...

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