TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Apr 7, 2021

The Tennessee Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would reduce the amount of time a person must serve before becoming eligible for parole, the Nashville Scene reports. Bill author Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, said that a person convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life with the possibility of parole must serve 51 years in prison before being considered for release. That is double the national average and means most will die before they get a chance at parole, she argued. The bipartisan bill, also sponsored by Rep. London Lamar, D-Memphis, would reduce that time to 25 years. The committee advanced the bill with seven senators voting for it, one not voting and one opposing. It now goes to the Calendar Committee to be scheduled for a floor vote.