Florida State Senate Considers “Second Chance” Bill For Teens in Prison
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Senate panel will consider a proposed law that allows some inmates who were sentenced to life imprisonment as teenagers to get a “second chance.”
The Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee is set to take up the bill (SB 212) on Wednesday.
It would provide an opportunity to be re-sentenced for those who serve at least 25 years of a life sentence — if it’s for a crime other than homicide. The state has nearly 200 inmates who might qualify.
The measure is in response to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that teenagers can’t be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven’t killed anyone.
That case involved a Florida teen who is now 25 and was imprisoned on armed robbery convictions. Florida abolished parole.
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