TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Senate committee has approved a bill that would provide sentencing guidelines for juveniles convicted of serious felonies and tried as adults.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled states cannot impose life-without-parole sentences on juveniles, leaving Florida in need of new legislation.
Under the bill, juveniles convicted of serious felonies would receive a review hearing after 20 years of imprisonment and another after 30 years.
Juveniles convicted of murder, but not involved in the actual act of the killing, would receive a review hearing after 25 years.
Juveniles who actually pulled the trigger or committed the act would get 35-to-life with no hearing.
The bill was approved 7-to-5 with some concerns about the harshness of the bill - that juveniles mature both socially and physiologically within 20 years.
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