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SB16-181: Sentencing Juveniles Convicted Of Class 1 Felonies

Criminal Justice | Student and Youth Rights
Bill Number: SB16-181
Year: 2016
ACLU Position: Support
Sponsors: D. Kagan / T. Dore / L. Woods / C. Jahn

Description:

In Miller v. Alabama (2012), the United States supreme court held
that imposing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole
on a juvenile is a cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the eighth
amendment to the United States constitution. In Colorado, a juvenile
sentenced for a class 1 felony committed on or after July 1, 1990, and
before July 1, 2006, was sentenced to a mandatory life sentence without
the possibility of parole.
The bill provides a procedure for resentencing these offenders. A
district court may resentence such an offender to:
• A term of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole
after serving 40 years, less any earned time granted; or
• 24 to 48 years in prison if, after considering certain factors,
the district court finds extraordinary mitigating
circumstances.


Current Status:

Governor Signed (06/10/2016)



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