BOSTON Gov. Deval Patrick will file legislation Monday to dramatically change the state’s juvenile sentencing laws.
Under the proposal, the age for juvenile jurisdiction would be raised from 17 to 18 and nearly all juvenile cases would stay in juvenile court, even murder cases. And in most juvenile murder cases sentences of life without parole would not be possible.
Massachusetts child advocate and former juvenile court judge and Gail Garinger has advised Gov. Patrick on sentencing policies and joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to discuss the governor’s proposed changes.