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Utah eliminates life without parole for children

Wednesday, March 27, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Taylor Stockdell
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Utah eliminates life without parole for children

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has signed Senate Bill 228, which removes the penalty from the state's juvenile sentencing scheme.

The change comes as many states are working to comply with last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama, which found that mandatory life without parole sentences are unconstitutional when imposed for a crime committed when an individual was younger than 18.

Such sentences were never mandatory in Utah, but sentencing authorities had discretion to impose them for certain crimes. By approving this new law, Utah has demonstrated its commitment to holding children who commit serious crimes accountable in age-appropriate ways that focus on their capacity for rehabilitation and reintegration into society.


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