In Kansas, the basic sentence for first-degree murder is life with 25 years before becoming parole-eligible, but judges have been able to increase that to 50 years without parole. The Supreme Court ruling says juries, not judges, must weigh in when a sentence is enhanced in that way.
Governor Sam Brownback has signed a proclamation officially ordering a special legislative session to be held next month. Lawmakers will meet to consider ways to fix the state’s so-called "Hard 50" sentencing law in the wake of a U.S Supreme court ruling. The law allows judges to hand down a sentence for murder of life in prison, without the chance of parole for 50 years. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports.