WI Lawmakers Look at Ban on Life Sentences

WI Lawmakers Look at Ban on Life Sentences

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a ban on life sentences for minors. 

Republican State Senator Jesse James is co-authoring Senate Bill 801 and a companion measure in the Wisconsin Assembly, getting bipartisan support from more than 30 members.  In addition to barring sentences of life without parole for offenders under 18, the legislation would also allow anyone who is currently serving such a sentence to qualify for a review after 15 years for non-homicide crimes and after 20 years for those convicted of homicide.  The Senate bill was sent for discussion in the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety last week.

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