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Juvenile Life Sentence

Fixing Illinois' Unconstitutional Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.

Reconsidering Life Sentences for Juveniles Who Kill

Tamar Birckhead | Posted 12.20.2012 | Crime
Tamar Birckhead

Most adolescents understand intellectually that to kill another human being is wrong. That is precisely why we condemn it and punish those who commit it. But because of the lesser culpability or blameworthiness of young offenders, the punishment should not be as harsh as it is for adults.

Kagan's Elegant Principle: Children Are Different

Mark Osler | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Mark Osler

The idea that we can look at a 14-year-old and know that he will be evil his entire life reflects a dangerous certainty -- that we somehow know which children will be a danger in 30, 40 or 50 years. Perhaps most importantly, it runs against the beliefs of a faithful nation.

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.

Mike Sacks

Justices Refuse To Hear Death Penalty Case Raising Racism Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday morning declined to hear a controversial death penalty case out of Texas and agreed to hear oral argument on...

Court Upholds Life Sentence For Fourteen-Year-Old

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 07.20.2011 | Chicago

MADISON, Wis. — Fourteen-year-olds convicted of homicide can be sent to prison for life without parole, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday...

Supreme Court To Decide If Life In Prison For Juveniles Is "Cruel And Unusual"

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Joe Sullivan was sent away for life for raping an elderly woman and judged incorrigible though he was only 13 at the time of the at...