Bill Offers Young Adult Lifers Chance At Parole

Feb 9, 2021

State Senator Michael Rohl
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A bill proposing to give lifers a chance at parole has passed through its first legislative committee hearing.

Senate Bill 146 applies only to inmates who were 25 years old or younger at the time of the crime.

Proponents say courts now recognize that much brain development takes place between the ages of 18 and 25.

But opponents say there are already processes for review of inmates serving life.

Victoria Wicks has this report for SDPB.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg
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