Florida House Passes Juvenile Sentencing Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House has passed a bill that re-works mandatory life sentences for juveniles, bringing state law closer to the United States Supreme Court ruling banning such sentences.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states cannot impose life-without-parole sentences on juveniles, leaving Florida law in need of an update.

The House passed the bill (HB 7035), sponsored by James Grant, R-Tampa, 117-0 on Tuesday. The accompanying Senate bill is on the calendar for Thursday.

The House bill allows for varying sentences and a judicial hearing depending on the crime.

The U.S. Supreme Court has acknowledged that juvenile brains are still developing, and they deserve an opportunity for rehabilitation. The bill excludes a review for murder defendants who previously committed serious crimes.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

More From CBS Tampa

Tampa Considers Food Donations to Pay Off Parking TicketsLooking for a way out of a parking ticket? Donate some canned goods to a food bank.
Containment | Tuesdays at 9pm on CW44From Executive Producer Julie Plec, "Containment" premieres April 19th at 9pm on CW44!

Listen Live