Tuesday, January 2, 2018
This is the twenty-sixth 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 Missouri treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.
Under the new law, a person who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for a crime committed before the person turned 18 years is eligible for a parole hearing after serving 25 years.
A person who is sentenced after [the effective date of the new law] to any term of imprisonment except life without parole for an offense of first-degree murder committed before the person turned 18 is eligible for a parole hearing after serving 25 years and is eligible for another hearing after serving 35 years.
Therefore, Missouri treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.