wpri.com (14.06.2017): RI lawmakers weigh earlier parole for young offenders with life sentences

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Convicted murderers with a life sentence must serve 25 years in prison before having the possibility of going before a parole board in Rhode Island. On Tuesday, local lawmakers considered whether certain juvenile offenders should be an exception. “Everybody is moving in this direction, and it’s time for Rhode Island to get on board,” state Sen. Harold Metts said. Under a bill considered by the state Senate Tuesday juvenile offenders currently serving life sentences with the possibility of parole would be eligible for release after a maximum of 15 years in prison. Juvenile offenders serving life sentences with parole eligibility earlier than 15 years would not be affected.

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