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2013 Senate Bill 318: Repeal mandatory life sentences for minors
  1. Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on April 16, 2013, to repeal Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors, and replace it with a system in which prosecutors could request a genuine lifetime sentence where the offense was aggravated by certain specific factors (Senate Bill 319 contains the details).
    • Referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 16, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on September 19, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Amendment offered in the Senate on October 23, 2013, to adopt a substitute that specifies a new sentencing regime; see Senate-passed bill. The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on October 23, 2013.
  2. Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate on October 24, 2013, to repeal Michigan’s mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole for certain very serious crimes committed by minors, and replace it with a system in which prosecutors could request a genuine lifetime sentence. If this request was not made or denied, a judge would have to impose a minimum sentence of between 25 and 40 years, and a maximum of at least 60 years. These provisions would only apply prospectively, to cases still open as of the U.S. Supreme Court's Miller v Alabama decision in June, 2012.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the House on October 29, 2013.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on October 29, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on December 4, 2013, without amendment and with the recommendation that the bill pass.
    • Referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee on February 11, 2014.

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