LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Senate has approved new sentencing rules after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory life-without parole sentences for juveniles.
Legislation passed 36-0 Thursday would apply in future criminal cases, but not retroactively to Michigan's roughly 360 inmates who were under 18 when they committed crimes. However, federal courts have been ordering re-sentencing of those convicted earlier.
If Michigan juveniles commit first-degree murder, judges would have to sentence them to a minimum of at least 25 years and a maximum of at least 60 years under the bills.
Critics say it makes no sense that some mandatory life sentences are unconstitutional and other are not. The legislation now goes to the House.
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