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01 August 2017, 11:00 | Rodolfo Quinn
Court orders parole board to consider offender's age at the time of the crime
Opponents of sending juveniles to prison with no opportunity for parole are celebrating a recent victory in New Jersey. Carr, now 50, received three life terms without possibility of parole for half a century.
The change comes after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a year ago that a ban on mandatory life without parole for juveniles should apply to those already serving such sentences. But the court also noted "that rigorous consideration of an offender's youth is required in sentencing a juvenile to life without parole". Judges can impose that sentence at their discretion, however.
Many states are grappling with the issue.
The state attorney general's office countered that the now 40-year-old Taylor would likely again face a no-parole sentence, since the trial judge described him as "the ringleader" who carried a loaded gun, demonstrating "intent, premeditation, and deliberation". Lawmakers have yet to hold hearings on the bill.
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The court found that the harshest punishments levied against adult criminals may be unconstitutionally cruel and unusual for juveniles due to their lack of development and potential for change. He was sentenced to 75 years with no parole eligibility for 68 years, three months. If he becomes eligible for parole he could be freed as early as next year, 25 years after his arrest, Risher said. Such young offenders are barred from receiving that sentence in Kansas. Both were initially sentenced to mandatory life without parole.
In other states, dozens of offenders have been resentenced and some paroled, but Tennessee so far is not offering resentencing to its 13 juvenile life-without-parole inmates.
Eight men are serving life sentences without parole for homicides they committed or were involved in when they were under 18, according to state prison records.
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