City sees no im­pact from life-with­out-pa­role case

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Supreme Court de­ci­sions that barred states from im­pos­ing manda­tory life-with­out-pa­role sen­tences aren’t af­fect­ing the District.

That’s be­cause city law has pro­hib­ited life-with­out-pa­role sen­tences for ju­ve­niles for decades.

In Wash­ing­ton, a law that out­lines the pun­ish­ment for first-de­gree mur­der says that any­one un­der 18 who com­mits mur­der can’t be sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

Ju­ve­niles can still be sen­tenced to long prison terms as a re­sult of se­ri­ous crimes or mul­ti­ple charges. These can ef­fec­tively be life sen­tences.

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