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Hawaii abolishes life without parole sentence for juveniles


Juvenile offenders will no longer be eligible for life in prison without the possibility of parole in Hawaii. (Hawaii abolished juvenile life without parole yesterday. More of this, please.


On Wednesday, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed HB 2116 which abolishes the life sentence without parole for offenders under the age of 18 at the time of the crime.  Now, juvenile offenders face life imprisonment with the possibility of parole.  Hawaii state representative Karen Awana, who introduced the original measure in the state Legislature, told KHON-2 News that "It’s time we remove this law from our books…the United States is the only nation in the world that allows children to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole."  Aloha, Russ.

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