MDAA suggests juvenile murderers eligibility for parole be increased from 15 to 35 years


BOSTON ( -- The Massachusetts District Attorneys Association recommends that the parole eligibility for juveniles convicted of first degree murder be increased from 15 to 35 years after the Supreme Judicial Court's decision that says juveniles should be eligible for parole after 15 years.

MDAA President and Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a release, "…the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association believes this decision is particularly burdensome to the families of the victims of juvenile murderers, as they are now subjected to the possibility that their loved ones' killers will be released."

Prosecutors in the Commonwealth also said that they take a defendant's maturity along with other factors into consideration when seeking a murder indictment for a juvenile, meaning that only a small amount of juvenile killers are convicted of first-degree murder.