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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cyntoia Brown & the "51-To-Life" Project: Michigan

This is the twenty-third 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 Michigan treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee. 

Michigan still allows for juvenile homicide offenders to receive a sentence of life without parole. That said, Section 769.25(9) of the Michigan Code of Criminal Procedure provides that for a juvenile homicide offender,

If the court decides not to sentence the individual to imprisonment for life without parole eligibility, the court shall sentence the individual to a term of imprisonment for which the maximum term shall be not less than 60 years and the minimum term shall be not less than 25 years or more than 40 years.

Therefore, Michigan treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.



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