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Proceed carefully in revising policies on life sentences for youths

The article State seeks new policy on life sentences: Youths must get chance of parole” (Page A1, Nov. 20) notes that Massachusetts is not moving as quickly as some other states to revise laws to ensure compliance with the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, banning automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

We believe that Massachusetts is acting responsibly by taking the time necessary to carefully consider the implications of the court’s reasoning and determine how to hold children accountable for serious crimes in an age-appropriate way.

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