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Old 03-19-2017, 05:12 PM
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I'm new here obviously lol..Can someone please help me.? My boyfriend is in Varner Unit. He has a life sentence. Just recently he has heard and so have I that they passed a bill saying people sentence to life will be able to go up and face the parole board after doing 25 years. Is this true.? Did we hear and read this right.? I have been trying to look for more information on this but can't find much all I find is bits and pieces. Some say they did pass the bill and no more information on how many months or years of anything. If anyone can help me with this I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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The Board of Parole still states:

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A lifer will not get a review unless the Governor has commuted the sentence to a term of years.
http://www.bop.state.ia.us/BoardFaq


However, I did find a 2017 bill pertaining to mandatory minimums, but it hasn't passed yet:

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Sentencing reform is moving in Iowa in 2017! A new bill, HF 579, was introduced by Iowa Rep. Zach Nunn (R, District 30), and has made it past the first step to becoming law. FAMM supports HF 579. The bill, if passed, would make important reforms to Iowa’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws, including:


http://famm.org/states-map/iowa/

I'll keep looking

EDIT: Legislation signed into law last May, lifers not mentioned:

Iowa Passes Series of Criminal Justice Reforms

Iowa recently became another state to tackle criminal justice reform. Governor Terry Branstad on May 12, 2016 signed into law a criminal justice reform package that provides more leniency in sentencing for certain crimes and stiffens penalties for others. “This is an important step that can help in reducing our prison population while keeping our communities safe,” Branstad said. He added that the package represents “reasonable and balanced reforms.”

https://www.alec.org/article/iowa-pa...stice-reforms/
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Sorry I should of mentioned that he is in Arkansas not in Iowa.
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I'm new here obviously lol..Can someone please help me.? My boyfriend Michael Chavez is in Varner Unit. He has a life sentence. Just recently he has heard and so have I that they passed a bill saying people sentence to life will be able to go up and face the parole board after doing 25 years. Is this true.? Did we hear and read this right.? I have been trying to look for more information on this but can't find much all I find is bits and pieces. Some say they did pass the bill and no more information on how many months or years of anything. If anyone can help me with this I would really appreciate it. Thank you in advance.
That bill has not been passed yet.
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That bill has not been passed yet.
Do you have the Bill # so others can follow it through the Legislature?
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Thanks you for all your replies..I don't know the bills number I will try and find out..I'm in a ruff situation right now since I just had surgery and my cell phone was turned off a few days ago..so we only email right now so when I talk to him I will ask if he has heard anything else I appreciate you help so much Thanks again.!
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Thanks you for all your replies..I don't know the bills number I will try and find out..I'm in a ruff situation right now since I just had surgery and my cell phone was turned off a few days ago..so we only email right now so when I talk to him I will ask if he has heard anything else I appreciate you help so much Thanks again.!
I would edit his name out of the post. You don't want people off here looking him up and writing him.
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HB1918. Has not been passed. I hope and pray it does!
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the bill has been passed. Don't know who all it affects though.
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That is the best news I've heard all week.! Thanks you for sharing this with me I appreciate it.!
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Does anyone know what any of the guidelines are for parole to actually be granted?
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You can find information on the new bill HERE

Thanks for the awesome find Mota!!!
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What does this mean.? "HB1918 Died in House Committee at Sine Die Adjournment" I don't want to tell my boyfriend something and have this mean something else. I looked everywhere online and nothing really makes sense to me maybe cuz I'm freaking out that they won't pass this House Bill. Please someone help me. TIA
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It sounds to me like it HB1918 isn't going to go through.
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I was afraid of that..it would really suck if they really don't pass it..thanks for your response..I really appreciate it..
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