Rep. Casimiro introduces bill allowing minors sentenced as adults to be eligible for parole after 15 years
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Julie A. Casimiro (D-Dist. 31, North Kingstown, Narragansett) has introduced legislation (2020-H 7592) which would allow minors who were sentenced as adults to be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of their sentence.
“Kids make mistakes, sometimes truly awful mistakes, but we have to realize they were still committed by children, children without fully developed brains and the necessary biological and social development to realize the significant impacts and consequences of their crimes. If we truly believe in our judicial system of rehabilitation, those who committed crimes as children and after growing up inside a cell, realize the error of their previous ways, deserve a shot at freedom,” said Representative Casimiro.
The bill would not apply to those serving life without parole or those committing heinous crimes and would apply to those prisoners whose offenses were committed after January 1, 1991.
The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903