- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut Sentencing Commission representatives say they’re worried the Senate won’t act on legislation bringing the state in line with two U.S. Supreme Court rulings concerning lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders.

The high court ruled that life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional and states must give offenders an opportunity for a second review of their case.

With the General Assembly adjourning at midnight Wednesday, it’s unclear whether the Senate will act. Numerous amendments proposed by Republicans have been filed, signaling a possible lengthy debate. The bill died last year in the Senate.

Andrew Clark, the commission’s acting executive director, says 70 affected inmates have appeals pending. If nothing is done, he predicts more appeals and “litigation all over the courts” that would take five to 10 years to resolve.


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