Senator Arthur Rusch

SD Legislative Resource Council

Lifers who committed their crimes before they were 25 years old will not have a chance at parole when they turn 50.

Senate Bill 146 has been killed in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill offered a second chance to young offenders serving life sentences.

But opponents say "life means life" in South Dakota.

Victoria Wicks reports for SDPB.

SD Legislative Resource Council

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.