Friday, April 8, 2011

Nebraska: No Consideration for Juvenile Life Sentences

The State's Constitution gives the State's three member Pardon Board sole authority to decide whether a life sentence can be reduced to a specific number of years. But Senator Brenda Council is particularly concerned that the Board be able to consider parole for juveniles who have received life sentences. Evidently, Governor Dave Heineman is not so enthusiastic about the idea, even if applicants have served 20 years! The State's Supreme Court has also said a previous law which specified “life without parole” was void because it was "improperly adopted" (during a special session of the Legislature). See story here.

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