Notable & Quotable: MBA members in the media

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Notable & Quotable

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Prison terms for juvenile killers

Healy for Notable

"There's a feeling that 35 years is a little on the harsher side, but we can understand where that decision is coming from."

MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, The Lowell Sun, Feb. 1, 2014

A recent bipartisan bill, filed in Massachusetts in January, would require juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to serve at least 35 years before being eligible for parole. Under current law, juveniles convicted of first-degree murder can qualify for parole after serving 15 to 25 years. The U.S. Supreme Court has also ruled life sentences without parole are unconstitutional for young offenders. The MBA is studying the proposed bill before making a recommendation to support or oppose it.