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H 4184 - Requires Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment - Massachusetts Key Vote

Cory Atkins voted Nay (Conference Report Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Requires Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (35-4) - (Key vote)
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Title: Requires Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires parole eligibility for certain juveniles convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Highlights:
  • Requires an individual sentenced to life imprisonment after their 14th birthday and before their 18th birthday to be considered eligible for parole after serving the following minimum terms (Sec. 6):
    • A term of at least 20 years and no more than 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder; 
    • A term of at least 25 years and no more than 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder with deliberately premeditated malice; and 
    • A term of at least 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty.
  • Specifies that the terms for parole eligibility set by the provisions of this bill apply only to individuals who commit murder after the effective date of this bill (Sec. 8)
  • In Massachusetts, a new bill number is assigned when a new version of the bill is drafted. The bill number was changed to H 4307 for the House & Senate Conference Report stages.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (131-18) - (Key vote)
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Title: Requires Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that requires parole eligibility for certain juveniles convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Highlights:
  • Requires an individual sentenced to life imprisonment after their 14th birthday and before their 18th birthday to be considered eligible for parole after serving the following minimum terms (Sec. 6):
    • A term of at least 20 years and no more than 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder; 
    • A term of at least 25 years and no more than 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder with deliberately premeditated malice; and 
    • A term of at least 30 years, if the individual was convicted of first degree murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty.
  • Specifies that the terms for parole eligibility set by the provisions of this bill apply only to individuals who commit murder after the effective date of this bill (Sec. 8)
  • In Massachusetts, a new bill number is assigned when a new version of the bill is drafted. The bill number was changed to H 4307 for the House & Senate Conference Report stages.
Legislation - Nonconcurrence Vote Passed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (37-2) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (129-16) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Vote Result
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Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes eligibility of parole for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes the courts to consider an individual, sentenced to life imprisonment after their 14th birthday and before their 18th birthday, for parole under the following conditions (Sec. 5):
    • The individual has served at least 25 years and no more than 30 years, if convicted of first degree murder with deliberately premeditated malice or extreme cruelty; or 
    • The individual has served at least 20 years and no more than 25 years, if convicted of unintended first degree murder that resulted exclusively from the commission of a crime.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Parole Eligibility for Certain Juveniles Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

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