Parole Factors

Mr. Tarr moved that the bill be amended by inserting before SECTION 1 the following new section:-

“SECTION 1. Section 130 of chapter 127 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following subsection:-

(b) No prisoner sentenced to life in prison for murder in the first degree committed before the person had attained the age of 18 shall be granted a parole permit unless such prisoner proves beyond a reasonable doubt the following:

(i) the prisoner did not exhibit the level of maturity and sense of responsibility of a typical adult at the time of the offense;

(ii) the offense is not evidence of a depraved character; and

(iii) the nature of the crime and circumstances of the offense demonstrate that continued imprisonment is unwarranted and disproportional. “