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LEF Foundation Gives $5,000 in Support of JDP

LEF Foundation Awards $30,000 in Development Funds to New England Independent Documentary Filmmakers   The LEF Foundation is excited to announce 6 grants totaling $30,000 in development funds to New England-based independent documentary filmmakers. The LEF Moving Image Fund invests in innovative feature-length documentary films that demonstrate excellence in technique, strong storytelling ability, and originality […]

Donovan to Have Parole Hearing

Nearly 22 years after being incarcerated, Donovan will appear before the Massachusetts Parole Board sometime on May 29. This is Donovan’s first chance at being released from prison — until last November, he was still sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

No Life Sentences for Juveniles

In a landmark ruling released on Christmas eve, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that life sentences without the chance of parole are unconstitutional for juveniles. This means that Joe Donovan must be given a meaningful opportunity for parole. Coverage at CBS. Coverage at Boston Globe (subscription required)

Mass SJC Hears Juvenile Resentencing Cases

On September 4th, The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral testimony from two cases that will clarify whether the Supreme Court’s Miller v. Alabama decision should be retroactively applied to all cases of juveniles sentenced to life without parole in Massachusetts. You can watch the testimony from the two cases here and here. The opinion […]