17 year olds face life without parole with revised bill


POSTED: Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 10:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 2:53pm

On Sunday the Texas House will make it's final vote for the amendment on Senate Bill 23. The revised bill, which was approved by the Texas House on Friday will allow 17 year olds charged with capital murder to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

State Representative Matt Schaefer says it's time to start thinking more about the victim's families and less about the criminals' parole hearings. Representative Schaefer says, "Think about the victim's family. Every time that person comes up for parole they reopen that wound."

Schaefer also adds that this revised bill is necessary to stop further acts of harm. He explains, "This is going to protect Texans from the worst of the worst seventeen year olds who committed crimes and really should be held responsible as an adult."

The final vote on Senate Bill 23 will take place after 10 p.m.. on Sunday after the Pro-Life bill is heard.

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