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Oklahoma Bill Would Keep No-Parole Sentences For Teens

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    Oklahoma state lawmakers have passed a bill that would keep no-parole sentences for teens.     
    It now goes to Governor Mary Fallin for review.
    If signed, the bill would take away a jury's option to sentence an offender younger than 18 to life without parole and puts that responsibility solely in the hands of a judge. 
    Oklahoma currently has at least 41 inmates serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes committed when they were juveniles.
      Many states are now moving in the opposite direction, banning no-parole sentences for younger offenders.
    Those include the neighboring states of Kansas and Arkansas.
    
 

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