Bill to allow parole for juveniles

The bill would allow parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder

BOSTON (WWLP) – A compromise version of a bill that would allow parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder reached Gov. Patrick’s desk on Thursday.

The House and Senate approved a compromise bill Wednesday night that would allow parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.

The bill would make juveniles convicted of first-degree murder eligible for parole after serving 20 to 30 years. Under this bill, the time between parole hearings after being denied parole would remain at five years.

This bill comes in response to recent judicial decisions that ruled that juvenile sentences without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional.

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