Study finds parole ‘a role of dice’ for those convicted as teens

A review of parole-hearing transcripts since California’s juvenile justice reform law took effect in 2014 found that black people in prison who were convicted as teenagers, especially those without private attorneys, had a low likelihood of gaining parole.

Kristen Bell, a professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, reviewed 465 parole hearings that fell under the law, and found that 62 percent of people were denied parole. As of 2017, zero of those who were released have returned to prison.

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