Friday, January 12, 2018
This is the thirty-fourth in a series of posts on the "51-To-Life" Project. In Tennessee, if a juvenile is convicted of first-degree murder, there are two sentencing options: (1) life without the possibility of parole; or (2) life with the possibility of parole, with that possibility only existing after the juvenile has been incarcerated for 51 years. In this post, I will explain why North Carolina treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.
North Carolina still allows for a sentence of life without parole for juvenile homicide offenders. That said, courts also have the option of sentencing juvenile homicide offenders to a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Part 2A of Article 81B of Chapter 15A, a juvenile homicide offender given such a sentence is eligible for parole after serving 25 years. Therefore, North Carolina treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.