Thursday, December 14, 2017
This is the twelfth 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 Hawaii treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.
According to this article from KHON, as of 2014,
Juvenile offenders will no longer be eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole in Hawaii.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a bill into law Wednesday that abolishes the sentence for offenders who were under the age of 18 at the time of the offense.
Previously, the sentence was mandated for anyone convicted of first-degree murder or first-degree attempted murder, regardless of age. Now, juvenile offenders face life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.
Therefore, Hawaii treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.