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Life Without Parole

Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Justice Scalia Calls Out A Colleague For Flip-Flopping On Juvenile Justice

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Justice Antonin Scalia didn't make it to the Supreme Court this week, but he did leave a snippy note for Justice Anthony Kennedy in a major juvenile ...

White House and Supreme Court Agree: Children Deserve a Shot at Redemption

Cara H. Drinan | Posted 01.26.2016 | Crime
Cara H. Drinan

Like the Court's decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana, President Obama's action sends a strong message about the vulnerability of youth and our obligation as a society to safeguard children, even when they commit crimes.

Supreme Court Sides With Children Automatically Sentenced To Die In Prison

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that children automatically sentenced to die in prison should get an opportunity to try for a more lenient sen...

Teens Sentenced To Die In Prison May Not Get A New Day In Court -- Yet

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics

Henry Montgomery has spent more than 50 years behind bars after his conviction for killing a sheriff's deputy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He ...

To All the Governors Out There, Follow the President's Lead on Clemency

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 07.16.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

To all the governors out there, follow the president's lead. Start robustly using your executive clemency powers to reduce your state's prison population. Release those non-violent offenders who don't need to be serving their entire natural lives in prison.

Tsarnaev's Sentence: A Deeply American Choice

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 05.04.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

The Unites States' continued commitment to capital punishment makes it unusual among developed nations.

Prosecutors Should Support Juvenile Justice Reform Legislation

Preston Shipp | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Preston Shipp

For a prosecutor with a heavy caseload who already works long hours, it is asking a lot to expect her to keep a critical eye on the workings of the criminal justice system, to never accept the status quo, and to seek to improve the system whenever an inadequacy is perceived.

I'm Serving Life Without Parole For A Non-Violent Drug Charge

Euka Wadlington | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Euka Wadlington

Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.

Death to the Death Penalty

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

It is high time for all the states in this country and the federal government itself to outlaw capital punishment. There is no good reason to retain it, and there are compelling reasons to abolish it.

Inmate Convicted As Teen Resentenced Under New Law

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

A youth offender who was serving life without parole has been resentenced under a California law that allows those tried as minors to request a resent...

Extreme Sentencing -- the 'New Normal?'

Vanita Gupta | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Vanita Gupta

It should outrage us that a homeless man will be in prison for the rest of his life because he was the middleman in the sale of $10 worth of marijuana.

Saki Knafo

These 32 People Are Spending Their Lives In Prison For Nonviolent Crimes

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

Robert Booker admits that he didn't really need the money he got from drug dealing. He grew up in a two-parent, middle-class family in Detroit in the ...

Locked Down for Life for a Nonviolent Offense Is Beyond Cruel and Unusual

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

More than 10,000 persons are now locked up in America's jails for life with no chance of release. The majority of these non-violent offenders are there for either drug offenses or property crime.

Saki Knafo

Here Are All The Countries Where Children Are Sentenced To Die In Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics

There are about 2,500 youth offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole in prisons worldwide. We've come up with a map showing ...

Judge: Juvenile Lifers Must Get Chance At Parole

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz and Ashley Woods | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

In Michigan, more than 350 inmates who committed crimes as juveniles will have a chance to make their case to parole boards after being sentenced behi...

The Death Penalty, Life Imprisonment, and Other Punitive Measures: What's the Point?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 04.09.2013 | Crime
Marianne Mollmann

Unfortunately, rehabilitation (the adult word for "learning a lesson") is often not at the heart of criminal justice reform. In fact, the harshness of a punishment is frequently not determined by the possibility of recidivism, but rather by public opinion.

Following Up On Juvenile Justice Reform in Michigan

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo Michigan is known for i...

Making Sense Of California Youth Sentences

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.19.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Sayre Quevedo For juveniles in California being sentenced for crimes, things just got a little more complicated. Proposition 21 requires mandatory...

Victim's Sister Says Life Without Parole Is Reasonable For Teens

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers www.teenkillers.org By Sayre Quevedo As part of Youth Radio’s juvenile justice coverage,...

366 Days Down, 68 More to Go

Jeanne Woodford | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Jeanne Woodford

Californians recognize that replacing the death penalty with life in prison without parole means justice that works for everyone.

Kids Shouldn't Face Dying in Prison

Jason Baldwin | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Jason Baldwin

In 1994, I was sentenced to juvenile life without parole for a crime I did not commit. Had my life not changed last year, I would have died there. I don't want my country to tell any child that he or she is irredeemable.

Michigan Recalculates Mandatory Life Without Parole for Juveniles

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Sayre Quevedo This week's 5-4 Supreme...

Supreme Court Provides Additional Safeguards for Largely Poor and Black Youthful Offenders

Joy Moses | Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices
Joy Moses

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court took a new step in protecting juvenile offenders. In Miller v. Alabama it ruled that states could not mandate life without the possibility of parole sentences for youth involved in homicide cases.

Mike Sacks

Justices Strike Down Life Without Parole For Teens Convicted Of Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday abolished the imposition of mandatory sentences of life without parole for all juveniles convicted of murder...