No life without parole in Hawaii for those younger than 18

Brandon Parsons
August 1, 2017

There is wide disagreement in Tennessee on whether the state is violating recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for offenders under 18. Both were initially sentenced to mandatory life without parole.

Court records show OR still has five men serving true-life sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Priester is one of 38 prison inmates who received life without parole as juveniles, according to information provided by the state Department of Corrections. The most prominent is Thurston High School shooter Kip Kinkel.

That's because city law has prohibited life-without-parole sentences for juveniles for decades. But the multistep process doesn't guarantee a hearing, and California's justices ruled a year ago that it therefore fails to meet the Supreme Court's decisions.

It's been more than a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made retroactive its 2012 ban on such sentences.

Three of the 38 have been resentenced to terms ranging from 30 to 40 years.

The AP spent months reviewing how counties and states are wrestling with re-examining juvenile life without parole.

"We are aware of four or five others that are potentially coming up for resentencing soon", Mark Fairbairn, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Corrections, said in a statement. His resentencing was carried out before the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled on the Ali case. No so-called juvenile lifers have been released on parole. If it's not, the trial court must vacate his conviction and instead find him guilty of second-degree murder, which is punishable either by 10 to 30 years or up to life in prison. Blizzard, now 52, was released from prison in 2014, one of more than a dozen convicted killers in DE who were resentenced after initially being given life in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. The court's majority said the U.S. Supreme Court ruling didn't address the consequences of multiple sentences.

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