People sentenced as children in Iowa to die in prison will have parole opportunities

August 16, 2013

Children who have been convicted of serious crimes in Iowa will have opportunities to be considered for parole as a result of a ruling made today.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in last year that children cannot receive mandatory sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Governor Terry Branstad commuted everyone who had received that sentence in Iowa and gave them new sentences of life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving 60 years. The Court said today that still amounts to a mandatory life without parole sentence.

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