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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Getting Life Without Parole, At 17

Joe Donovan, age 37, has been behind bars since he was sentenced to life without parole at age 17. (Deb Becker/Here & Now)

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule next month on whether to ban life without parole for minors convicted of murder.

The cases center on two 14-year-olds — one in Alabama, the other in Arkansas.

The decision could have a ripple effect across the country, affecting more than 2,000 prisoners, if the Supreme Court decides to ban life without parole for all juvenile offenders.

One of those prisoners is 37-year-old Joe Donovan of Massachusetts, who has been behind bars for 20 years.

Guest:

  • Joe Donovan

This segment was produced by Deb Becker.


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  • commentator wayland

    very sad; seems like a perversion of justice

  • J__o__h__n

    Please stop recycling stories that we already heard.  http://www.wbur.org/2012/04/12/donovan-life-sentence

  • Terra

    Horrifying—–our prisons, miscarriage of “justice” stories like this aside…have become for-profit concentration camps…and “legal methods” of blanket ethnic cleansing…keep up the stories…and REPEAT them all you want & can, till changes are accomplished.  Thank you. 

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