- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s Senate has again failed to vote on a bill that would bring the state in line with two U.S. Supreme Court rulings addressing lengthy sentences for juvenile offenders.

Justices ruled that life sentences without parole for juveniles are unconstitutional and states must give offenders an opportunity for a second review.

While the bill passed the House of Representatives in early April, it died on the Senate calendar on Wednesday, the final night of the legislative session. Some Republicans had filed numerous amendments, signaling a possible lengthy debate.

Seventy inmates so far have appeals pending. Rep. Gerald Fox, co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says people should be concerned that “every judge can now decide things differently.”

Fox says the failed bill would have established guidelines for judges to follow.

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