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Sunday, January 28, 2018

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

This is the fiftieth 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 Wyoming treats juvenile homicide offenders better than Tennessee.  

Wyoming Statutes Annotated Section 6-2-101(b) states that

A person convicted of murder in the first degree shall be punished by death, life imprisonment without parole or life imprisonment according to law, except that a person convicted of murder in the first degree who was under the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of the offense shall be punished by life imprisonment.

Therefore, Wyoming has banned juvenile life wi



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