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Juvenile Lifer Settlement

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The state has settled a "decade-long lawsuit" over juvenile lifers - more than 360 Michiganders who were given life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles.

If approved, this new settlement imposes a timeline for all county prosecutors to "promptly schedule" re-sentencing hearings for those individuals, says plaintiff's attorney Deborah LaBelle.

"The prosecutors all have to look again at the cases that are in their counties, because some counties sought to re-sentence youth to life without parole again for almost all of the youth in their county," Said LaBelle. "Even though the Supreme Court said, wait a minute, it's only the rarest of the rare that cannot be rehabilitated."

The settlement would also allow those awaiting re-sentencing to take part in rehabilitation programs, which can improve their chances with a parole board.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the state Attorney General says they're "satisfied with the settlement that was reached in this case."