Our Clients

Unique and Immediate Need for Reentry Services

Michigan’s State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) represents 190 of Michigan’s 363 juvenile lifers—individuals who were sentenced as children (age 17 and under) to mandatory life without parole sentences. They will have the opportunity for release after serving a minimum of 25 years in prison; many have already served over 40 years. Reentry back into the community for any formerly incarcerated person can be difficult, but it is especially difficult for individuals who entered prison as children and leave as adults. Reentering juvenile lifers need assistance with identifying community support, learning how to use technology, developing skills to manage finances, finding reliable transportation or obtaining a driver’s license, applying for public benefits, finding employment and housing, and much more. Because of the amount of time that has passed during their incarceration, many individuals are without family or friends to assist with these substantial needs. As of April 2019, approximately 70 juvenile lifers throughout the state have been paroled.