Professor Sarah Jacobson was quoted in Paula Reed Ward's recent article about Jeffrey Cristina, who was found guilty of second-degree murder and robbery.
He was 17 years old and faced a mandatory prison term of life without parole -- even though the jury did not believe he killed the victim. Since that time, Cristina, now 54, has remained incarcerated within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
This week, Cristina will become the first person in Allegheny County to be resentenced based on last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which made mandatory life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional. See the April 7th article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for more information.