Wednesday, January 3, 2018
This is the twenty-seventh 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 Montana treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.
In 2007, Montana banned juvenile life without parole sentences by amending Section 46-18-222 of the Montana Code so that a life without parole sentence cannot be imposed if "the offender was less than 18 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense for which the offender is to be sentenced"