CA Debates Review Option For Teen Life Without Parole Terms


California legislators are debating whether to allow juveniles sentenced to life prison terms without the possibility of parole releases to seek court reviews of their cases after serving 10 years in prison, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The bill is a watered-down version of a proposal that would have barred life imprisonment for all juveniles. It has been approved by the state senate and is set to be taken up by the Assembly as soon as tomorrow.

“Other civilized countries have already banned lifetime sentences (for juveniles),” said state Sen. Leland Yee. “This doesn’t ban it [] horrible killers will not get out. Only those individuals who demonstrate they recognize the problem they created, take responsibility, show remorse, and turn their life around (can) petition the court for a resentencing.” Opponents, including the California District Attorneys Association and the Assembly Republican Caucus, argue that the current system works and that only the “worst of the worst” are eligible for life without parole now. Scott Thorpe, the association’s CEO, noted that juveniles are considered for lifetime sentences if they are tried as adults.

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