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2013 Senate Bill 318: Repeal mandatory life sentences for minors
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).   Official Text and Analysis.
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
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 .
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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