After life without parole: 2 held for decades savor freedom

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 31, 2017 at 10:02 p.m.



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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Two men sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed as teens are savoring their freedom. They are among dozens in the U.S. resentenced and released after the Supreme Court banned mandatory no-parole sentences for juvenile offenders.

Earl Rice Jr. was jailed at 17 for a purse-snatching that took a woman's life. Now 61, he walked out of a Pennsylvania prison last fall after more than four decades.

John Hall is 67. He was freed from a Michigan prison in February after nearly 50 years. He had $1.37 in his pocket.

Juvenile offenders can take responsibility for their crimes. Judges and parole boards can assess how they've changed. But it takes something more to make it in a world that has tossed aside most of what you once knew.

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