Mass. seeks new policy on life sentences
Youths must get chance of parole
Massachusetts juveniles incarcerated for life without parole will probably wait well into 2013 or beyond for a chance at reduced prison time as lawyers, prosecutors, legislators and advocates carefully craft a strategy to bring the state into compliance with new federal law outlawing the mandatory sentence. Massachusetts has not been as quick to act as states like North Carolina and Iowa, which have implemented new laws since the US Supreme Court in June banned mandatory juvenile life without parole for murder.