Second-year law students Michael Hart and Joanna Hall, with Supervising Attorney Heidi Rummel, discussed representing inmates sentenced as juveniles to life in prison without parole on KXSC Radio October 17.
The Post-Conviction Justice Project, which since 1981 has represented parole-eligible inmates serving indeterminate life sentences, recently announced its plans to expand representation to inmates sentenced as juveniles to life in prison without parole.
The October 2012 announcement came on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown signing Senate Bill 9 (SB9) into law. SB9 gives inmates sentenced to life without parole the opportunity to petition for a reduction in their sentence — from life without the possibility of parole to 25-to-life. The inmate would need to have served at least 15 years and demonstrate remorse and rehabilitation to be eligible for a reduction.
You can listen to the full interviews below.