9/30/2012

Any guess about the relative rate at which juveniles commit murders

16 and 17 year olds can't face the death penalty.  Now they may be on the road to not facing life sentences.  From Fox News:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced signing a bill that could one day bring the release of some criminals who were sentenced as juveniles to life in prison. 
There are 309 inmates serving life-without-parole sentences in California for murders committed when they were younger than 18. 
Brown signed SB9, by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco. It would let the inmates ask judges to reconsider their sentences after they serve at least 15 years in prison. 
Judges could then reduce the no-parole sentence to 25 years-to-life if the inmate shows remorse and is taking steps toward rehabilitation. . . .

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