Bill That Could Give Lifetime Sentences To Illegal Immigrants For Committing Violent Crimes Continues Progress In Tennessee House

Mar 20, 2024 | Political News

A Tennessee bill that could give lifetime sentences to illegal immigrants for committing violent crimes continues to make progress in the state House.

Yesterday, the House Criminal Justice Committee voted to pass the bill onto Finance, Ways and Means in a voice vote at the behest of Committee Chair Bud Hulsey (R-Kingsport-District 2).

Sponsored by Representative Monty Fritts (R-Kingston-District 32), House Bill 1872 (HB1872) had an amendment added during the committee meeting which changes the bill slightly from the version that was discussed last week in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. 

The bill originally aimed to enhance the penalty for violent crimes committed by adults on school grounds whether it be a public or private K-12 school or any school of higher education. That has now been narrowed to only schools serving K-12 students.