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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 17, 2015 04:15 PM
From: Representative Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Sentence Reductions for Juvenile Offenders
 
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation – House Bill 1005 – that would enable minor offenders to be considered for a reduction in sentence provided certain criteria are met.

Under my legislation, any juvenile offender who was under the age of 18 at the time the crime was committed and who has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, or a minimum term of imprisonment of at least ten years, could petition the sentencing court for a reduction in sentence. The sentencing court would be required to consider several factors including the individual’s age and level of maturity during the time of the offense, the individual’s degree of participation in the offense, the nature and severity of the offense, the individual’s prior juvenile or criminal history, and the likelihood of the individual to commit further offenses. Additionally, the sentencing court would have the discretion to consider other information deemed relevant.

I believe it is important to give individuals, who were juveniles at the time a crime was committed, a second chance at becoming productive human beings in their communities. Please join me in supporting this important legislation.

Previous Co-Sponsors: PARKER , CLAY, CRUZ , FRANKEL , GIBBONS , STURLA and MAHONEY



Introduced as HB892