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Dozens of Colorado juvie lifers could be eligible for parole

DENVER - In light of Supreme Court decisions banning life without parole for juvenile offenders, dozens of Colorado prisoners who committed crimes as minors could be eligible for release, but only one has been freed.

It's been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made retroactive its 2012 ban on such sentences.

Colorado ended juvenile life-without-parole in 2006 but had 48 such sentences between 1990 and 2006, when the term was an option. Officials say four have been resentenced - none to life without parole - and one released.

In May, Colorado's high court said extra-long juvenile sentences don't violate the federal decision that inmates must have a meaningful opportunity to seek release.

The Denver Post reports Colorado has nearly three dozen inmates who committed crimes as juveniles serving 50 years or more.

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