“Juvenile lifers” see cause for hope
February 16, 2016
Guests: Marsha Levick, Mike Lyons, John Wetzel and Darryl Romig
A recent Supreme Court ruling gave hope to people in prison who are serving life without parole for crimes they were convicted of when they were teenagers. Pennsylvania has more “juvenile lifers” than any other state in the country. We’ll talk about how the Court ruling is playing out in Pennsylvania with MARSHA LEVICK, the co-founder, deputy director and chief counsel of Juvenile Law Center, America’s oldest public interest law firm for children. And we’ll talk with MIKE LYONS, an assistant professor at Saint Joseph’s University and co-founder of The Redemption Project, a multimedia documentary project that chronicles the stories of child lifers. And we’ll get perspective from Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary JOHN WETZEL on how the high court ruling could impact the state’s prisons and from DARRYL ROMIG. He will give his thoughts on the fate of Pennsylvania’s juvenile lifers, specifically the one now imprisoned for the murder of his 12 year old daughter.