The Nebraska Board of Pardons has set two dates in December to hear requests for commutation of life sentences from 27 inmates convicted as juveniles.
The requests come in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last summer that threw out mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles.
Gov. Dave Heineman, Attorney General Jon Bruning and Secretary of State John Gale make up the Pardons Board.
Of the 27 inmates seeking commutation, 26 are in prison for first-degree murder. One involves a 1983 Washington County kidnapping conviction.
The hearings will be held on December 3rd and December 5th. The Pardons Board will hear testimony from prosecutors in the cases, advocates for the inmates and a representative of the victims' families.