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State Defenders Expect Onslaught Of Juvenile Appeals

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By SUSAN HAIGH. Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The state’s public defenders say they’re preparing for an onslaught of appeals from certain inmates because the General Assembly failed to pass a bill changing Connecticut’s juvenile sentencing laws to conform to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Chief Public Defender Susan Storey on Thursday told fellow members of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission, which recommended the changes, there are approximately 197 inmates who could possibly seek legal representation for appeals. The majority will need public defenders and perhaps expert witnesses.

Commission members expressed disappointment Thursday the Senate did not vote on a bill allowing parole hearings for people convicted of serious crimes when they were 14 to 17 years old. The bill addressed a court decision which determined mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the chance for parole was unconstitutional.

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