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Juvenile sentencing bill could become law

Published On: Oct 16 2012 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 17 2012 07:00:26 AM EDT

Soon Pennsylvania judges may have options when it comes to sentencing juvenile offenders.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

Soon Pennsylvania judges may have options when it comes to sentencing juvenile offenders.

Tuesday the state House passed a bill in favor of a new set of sentences with penalties that depend on the age of the offender.

The bill now heads to the Senate and leaders there say it's likely to pass.

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The measure follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court saying life-without-parole sentences for juveniles constitute cruel and unusual punishment.