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Smart Talk: Impact of juveniles sent to prison for life getting sentences reviewed

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 29, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, January 29. 2016:

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-to-3 decision that juveniles sentenced to life in prison as teenagers must be retroactively granted the opportunity to argue that they should be released from prison.  The ruling an expansion of the 2012 Supreme Court decision that eliminated mandatory life terms without parole for juveniles,

What does that ruling mean for Pennsylvania -- a state with about 500 inmates who could be affected -- the most of any state in the country?

It is the focus of Friday's Smart Talk.

Appearing on the program are David Arnold,  Lebanon County District Attorney and President of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, Pennsylvania's Victim Advocate Jennifer Storm, an attorney from the Juvenile Law Center, the sister of a teenager murder by her 15-year-old boyfriend and Cindy Sanford, a woman who befriended Kenneth Carl Crawford, an inmate at the State Correction Institution in Greene County, who was convicted for his involvement in a double murder in Luzerne County in 1999 when he was 15.


David Arnold, Emily Keller, Jennifer Storm, Cindy Stanford and Bobbi Jamriska

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