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SADO Seeks Interns for the Juvenile Lifer Project

The Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) seeks interns for the Juvenile Lifer Project. SADO represents nearly two-thirds of Michigan’s 360 juvenile lifers currently serving unconstitutional sentences and is responsible for developing mitigation and litigation strategies for resentencing hearings conducted pursuant to MCL 769.25a and Miller v Alabama, 567 US __ (2012). Interns will work with attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists; read and summarize trial transcripts and lower court records; and engage in legal research related to life without parole sentences against individuals who committed crimes as juveniles. SADO seeks qualified interns to work collaboratively within the Juvenile Lifer Teams.  Read More

Sex Offender Registration After Does v. Snyder

The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Does v. Snyder, __ F.3d __, 2016 WL 4473231 (6th Cir. 2016), has significant implications for the representation of current registrants who are charged with violating Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), current registrants seeking removal from the sex offender registry or exemptions from certain SORA provisions, defendants currently charged with sex offenses, and defendants in “recapture” cases. While every case is obviously unique, this memo seeks to provide some general guidance to Michigan’s criminal defense bar in the wake of the Does decision. Read More

SADO's Juvenile Lifer Unit Secures Term of Years Sentences for Clients formerly Sentenced to Life Without Parole

Michigan's Juvenile Lifers--individuals sentenced to mandatory life without parole for offenses they committed as children age 17 years old or under--are entitled to resentencing following Montgomery v Louisiana, __ US __; (Docket No. 14-280, issued 1/25/16), and pursuant to the procedures set forth in MCL 769.25a. In July 2016, prosecutor offices around the state filed motions seeking the re-imposition of life without parole sentences for approximately 229 of Michigan's approximately 363 juvenile lifers. Resentencing hearings will take place over an expanded period of time. In these cases, the prosecution will continue to seek the re-imposition of a life sentence while defense counsel will seek the imposition of a term of years sentence, the minimum of which can be between 25 to 40 years and the maximum of which is 60 years, pursuant to MCL 769.25a. Read More

Re-Entry for the Juvenile Lifer Population

A report published by the The Sentencing Project found that most juvenile lifers grew up in adverse circumstances such as extreme poverty and violent environments where many experienced child abuse. As a result of the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v Louisiana, ___ US ___; (Docket No. 14-280, issued 1/25/16), and pursuant to the procedures set forth in MCL 769.25a, approximately 365 juvenile lifers are entitled to re-sentencing. Upon release, all formerly incarcerated persons will face almost insurmountable challenges when reintegrating into society. It is expected that juvenile lifers will face even greater challenges since they were imprisoned at such a young age. The goal of SADO's Project Re-Entry (a volunteer based initiative) is to work with clients to help create a re-entry plan that addresses the unique challenges and needs of each person. Read More

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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.