Lawmakers reach deal on parole for juvenile killers

The Boston Globe reports that, “State lawmakers reached agreement Tuesday on compromise legislation that would establish parole eligibility for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder.

Juveniles convicted of premeditated murder could be granted parole after 25 to 30 years, while those found guilty of murder with extreme atrocity or cruelty would be eligible after 30 years, under the compromise reached by a conference committee representing both branches of the state Legislature.

Youths convicted as juveniles of felony murder — those who set out to commit rape, robbery, or other crimes and kill someone in the process — would be eligible for parole after 20 to 30 years.”