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Hogan Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Juvenile Life Sentences

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a pair of vetoes Thursday night, including a measure that would prevent juveniles charged as adults from being sentenced to life in prison without parole and a bill that would expand the state’s prevailing wage law on public works project contracts.

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- Governor Hogan has vetoed a bill aimed at ending life sentences without parole for juveniles. The Juvenile Restoration Act passed with bipartisan support last week, calling for courts to reconsider sentences for young people who have spent a minimum of 20 years in prison and are no longer a danger to the public. The governor says he believes in second chances, but this bill would, quote, "contribute to retraumatizing victims of heinous crimes." He also says the state already has measures in place to consider releasing juveniles.