Target: U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Goal: Stop maintaining life-without-parole sentences for kids in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling.
Prosecutors in Michigan are ignoring a Supreme Court ruling that almost completely banned life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in homicide cases. Defying a Supreme Court ruling is not only disrespectful and illegal, but in this case it is completely irresponsible and damaging to the lives of dozens of people. Urge the federal courts to take action against these defiant and immoral prosecutors.
The Supreme Court issued this rule based on the fact that juveniles are biologically and psychologically different from adults because they are more impulsive and more prone to change as their brains develop. When given another chance, many go on to become productive members of society. Life-without-parole sentences for underage kids are banned except in cases where the defendant “exhibits such irretrievable depravity that rehabilitation is impossible.”
The ban not only includes future cases, but also inmates who are already serving life-without-parole sentences. Despite the ruling, prosecutors in Michigan are seeking to keep half of the state’s inmates on their life-without-parole sentences rather than re-sentencing them to shorter terms.
This defiance of the Supreme Court ruling is wrong and will negatively impact the lives of hundreds of people. Urge the federal government to step in and stop these prosecutors.
Dear Attorney General Lynch,
Prosecutors in Michigan are defying a Supreme Court ruling that almost completely banned life-without-parole sentences for juveniles in homicide cases. This defiance will affect the lives of hundreds of inmates and is completely unjust. It is the responsibility of the federal courts to step in on behalf of these voiceless inmates and assure that these prosecutors are complying.
I urge you to take action against these prosecutors so that they comply with the ruling and these inmates aren’t sentenced to unjust life-without-parole sentences.
[Your Name Here]
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