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Representative Rita Mayfield
We need to abolish juvenile life without parole sentences in Illinois!
When imposing a sentence of life without parole (LWOP), a judge decides the youth is beyond rehabilitation. Consider the following.
We can build on recent legislative progress in Illinois to align our state with new norms, court decisions, and international standards.
SB 5670 would prohibit LWOP sentences for all youth who were under the age of 21 when their crime was committed. Juveniles could still serve life in prison. This bill simply ensures they have a limited opportunity to be considered for parole. The legislation would not be retroactive.
The bill was introduced in the House on February 20, 2019.