In June, the board voted to release Fred­erick Chris­tian, who was 17 when he was arrested for his role in the killing of three men.

I think this is a very impor­tant deci­sion because it demon­strates that the board, as they said in their deci­sion, has an under­standing that con­duct is affected by the under­de­vel­oped thought process and deci­sion making ability of a juve­nile,” said Patty Garin, a Boston defense lawyer who runs a clinic at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Law School where stu­dents act as counsel for inmates. “I hope that this is a sign of good things to come.”

Read the article at Boston Globe →