Much of the debate has focused on minimum prison terms of 30 or 60 years.
40-to-life for Neb. juveniles still up for debate
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have tentatively agreed to a 40-year minimum prison sentence for juveniles who commit murder in Nebraska, but the number is still subject to debate.
Lawmakers voted 31-1 on Tuesday to attach an amendment to a juvenile sentencing bill that would establish 40-to-life as a new, minimum prison term. They stopped short of advancing of the bill itself, after Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha filed a motion to kill it.
Much of the debate has focused on minimum prison terms of 30 or 60 years. Chambers, who agreed to the 30-year minimum, filed a motion Tuesday to kill the bill.
Sen. Brad Ashford of Omaha introduced the bill in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that deemed life-without-parole sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.