Monday, January 8, 2018
This is the thirtieth 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 discuss juvenile sentencing in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire still allows for a sentence of life without parole. New Hampshire has five inmates serving juvenile life without parole sentences. One had his sentenced upheld in 2013 after refusing to attend his resentencing hearing. The other four are currently awaiting resentencing. See Four Of Five New Hampshire Juvenile Lifers Await Resentencing, NHPR, July 31, 2017, available at http://nhpr.org/post/four-five-new-hampshire-juvenile-lifers-await-resentencing#stream/0. Their cases should give an indication of how New Hampshire will treat juvenile homicide offenders going forward.
Therefore, New Hampshire is the one big question mark in terms of sentencing for juvenile homicide offenders.