May 30: House Judiciary Hearing on HB 2296 – Felony Murder

Thursday, May 30, 2024 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Capitol Building, Room 140
501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on a new bill, introduced by Chairman Briggs, that would end death by incarceration sentences for those convicted of felony murder. Pennsylvania is one of only two states that require a death-by-incarceration sentence for those convicted of second-degree/felony murder. Felony murder is the automatic charge when a felony results in a death, even if the person charged didn’t intend or directly cause that death.

We want to pack the room to show how many people across the state support second chances for those sentenced to life without parole.

The bill was recently introduced as HB 2296. This bill would provide a number of changes to felony murder sentencing, including:

  • setting a maximum 50-year sentence for felony murder;
  • setting maximum 40- or 30-year sentences for people ages 15-17 or younger, respectively;
  • allowing courts to set lower sentences based on the case circumstances;
  • providing parole eligibility.

Please register if you plan to attend.