Jessica Glendening http://kcur.org en Lawmakers Recommend Fix For Kansas Hard 50 Law http://kcur.org/post/lawmakers-recommend-fix-kansas-hard-50-law <p>A Kansas legislative committee is recommending a bill to amend the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law. The changes would allow juries to decide if convicted murderers deserve 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole.</p><p>Under the old system, judges would decide if a crime warranted the harsher sentence of 50 years without parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently said judges can't make those decisions.</p><p>The bill would also apply some changes retroactively to past crimes. Some attorneys told the committee that it would be unconstitutional to do that.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:50:10 +0000 Stephen Koranda 42641 at http://kcur.org