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Delaware County DA agrees to release lifer after reviving old charges to keep him jailed

Gov. Tom Wolf commuted David Sheppard’s sentence on Dec. 4. Even before the order was signed, Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland signaled her intention to keep him locked up.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Updated: September 18, 2019 | 3:19 pm

A chance of freedom? New bill could release 1,000 people sentenced to life in Pa. prisons

For more than 40 years, life sentences in Pennsylvania have only come one way: without the possibility of parole.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Is 50 years a de facto life sentence? Pa. Supreme Court will decide

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without parole for all juveniles were unconstitutional.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY