Jim Ward http://kmuw.org en Kansas House Passes Rewrite Of 'Hard 50' Law http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-passes-rewrite-hard-50-law <p>Kansas House has unanimously passed a fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law.<br><br>The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.<br><br>The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in giving the sentences.<br><br>Republican representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe says the fix will help preserve the original intent of the bill:<br><br>"that those who commit the most heinous murders are...incarcerated for no less than 50 years prior...to parole."<br> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:25:45 +0000 Stephen Koranda 22907 at http://kmuw.org