Senator Akbari to renew push for juvenile sentencing restructure in murder cases

January 6, 2020

State Sen. Raumesh Akbari is set to revive legislation aimed at giving prisoners who commit murder as juveniles a chance for earlier release if they change their lives.

Sen. Raumesh Akbari (TN)

Akbari’s pending legislation would enable people convicted of murder as a juvenile to be eligible for parole after 25 years, instead of an automatic life sentence of 51 years, provided they meet certain requirements such as completing education courses and maintaining a good disciplinary record.

In addition, the Parole Board would consider youth-related factors when determining eligibility, according to Akbari, a Memphis Democrat.

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