A proposal would prevent, in most cases, juveniles convicted of first-degree murder from being locked up behind bars with no possibility of parole.
Should an individual convicted of first-degree murder she or he committed as a juvenile be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole? A proposed plan would prohibit offenders from automatically being sentenced to life in prison without parole, but parole boards could still keep them jailed for life. The news comes as several local cases, such as the Benjamin Peirce case, have encountered the issue. See details of the governor's proposed plan in the PDF to the right. The plan would require approval from state lawmakers, but would do you think? In the comment box below, tell us what you think of the sentencing plan.