Skip to comments.Court says prisons canít throw away key for young murderers
Posted on 05/26/2016 5:59:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
Ruling in the case of a Richmond teenager serving 50 years to life for a 2011 killing, the California Supreme Court said Thursday that youths serving potential life terms for murder are entitled to parole hearings within 25 years under a new state law.
The court also ruled 6-1 that the teenager, Tyris Franklin, should have another hearing before his trial judge in Contra Costa County to allow witnesses to describe his mental state, lack of maturity and other factors that might have contributed to the crime. That evidence wasnt allowed at Franklins sentencing hearing, because the 50-to-life term was required by law, but it could be important for the future parole board that considers his case, the court said.
The ruling set new procedures in California for juveniles tried as adults and sentenced to lengthy terms. The opinion by Justice Goodwin Liu, and the state law on which it relied, followed a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2012 barring mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles, and a California Supreme Court decision later that year striking down a youths sentence of 110 years to life as the equivalent of life without parole. Those rulings said the laws most severe penalties should not always be applied to youths, even for serious crimes, because of their relative lack of mental and emotional development and potential for rehabilitation.
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How many billions a year does the state spend on schools and educational institutions and prisons.. ??
IT seems to have been a complete waste.
In Jewish law, one becomes an adult at 13.
Does the Court really mean to say teenagers cannot be held accountable for the consequences of their conduct?
Apparently, it did. Criminality shouldn’t be excused on account of youth.
“Does the Court really mean to say teenagers cannot be held accountable for the consequences of their conduct? “
No. It just says that after 25 years, he gets a parole hearing.
Sorry murderers should not get special treatment because they murder at an earlier age than other murderers.
This is complete bs and minimizes the murdered victims life.
Too bad your murderer got you before an arbitrary age number, we may have been able to lock her away for life. Not anymore.
You mean if you if murder at 15, you get a free pass at 40?
Why then don’t adult murderers also get a free pass?
Youth is wasted on the young.
Well at least murder should certainly not be. Ever.
And for the atheist secular left, the guys who think the only life you have is now, youd think theyd be a little more strict about murder than they actually are.
So the CSC can just make stuff up like the USSC? Kewl.
Life is sure getting cheap in the good ol USA.
Is th le person he killed still dead? Then he can rot.
THEN EXECUTE THEM AFTER A STATE, FEDERAL AND USSC APPEAL upholds the sentence .....!!
They can always fall down a couple of flights of stairs.
i can thin of 10 things i did that would have gotten me in trouble had i gotten caught in my teens and early 20s.
some could have recklessly lead to a person dying.
No physical violence at all, just stupid things i did.
i’ve read the brain doesn’t fully develop until 26.
Problem is thee kids aren’t being let out to nice middle class neighborhoods.
right back to the same garbage.
“You mean if you if murder at 15, you get a free pass at 40?”
NO! You get a parole hearing. Duh ...
Defenestration..Gravity is not just a good idea; it’s the law..
. . . or get mixed in with the general prison population while the guards all happen to be attending a training meeting or whatever.
The biggest waste of money is the salaries paid to judges.
Seems that way...
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