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Juvenile Life Without Parole

Shame of the Nation: The Fight to Keep Children Locked Up for Life

Heather Ann Thompson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Crime
Heather Ann Thompson

Ending up here, with thousands of kids imprisoned for life, was by no means inevitable, or even predictable, when we look back in our nation's history. For much of the last two centuries, very few would have accepted the idea that the legal system should treat children exactly like adults, or that a child who breaks the law, even egregiously so, is unredeemable.

Illinois Supreme Court Gets it Right on Juvenile Life Sentences: Now, the Legislature Ought to Act

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

The Illinois Supreme Court got it right today when it ruled that juveniles are eligible for new sentences.

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...

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...

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.

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.

Throwing a Lifeline to Youthful Offenders

Sheila R. Rule | Posted 09.05.2012 | Crime
Sheila R. Rule

The Supreme Court took an important step in the right direction when it barred mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles convicted of murder.

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...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Takes On Life-Without-Parole Sentence For Teens Convicted Of Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2005, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for minors no matter how heinous the crime. In 2010, the justices drew the same line...

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...

Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole in California

Patricia Foulkrod | Posted 08.01.2011 | Los Angeles
Patricia Foulkrod

Over 2,500 prisoners are serving juvenile life without parole in America. They were convicted at age 15, 16, 17, 18 -- and they will die in prison regardless of how well they live their lives while incarcerated.