Lawmakers Deal with Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Lifers - KOAM TV 7

Lawmakers Deal with Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Lifers



The United States  Supreme court calls  more than eighty sentences of life without parole in Missouri, unconstitutional.  That's because the inmates  were juveniles at the time of their crime.  
In 2012 the high court said states can't automatically impose life without parole sentences for juveniles. Even if convicted of murder.
So, a Missouri state senator introduced legislation that would allow those 83 people serving those sentences  to receive new sentencing hearings.  Under the measure  those older than 16 to serve life without parole or a 50 year minimum sentences. Those younger than 16 could spend their lives behind bars or be eligible for parole after 35 years.


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