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Life Without Parole

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...

Latent Effects of Capital Punishment

Michael Santos | Posted 08.11.2012 | Crime
Michael Santos

I used to wonder about my judge's rationale when he imposed a term that would keep me confined for decades despite my not having had a history of violence or previous incarceration.

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...

Public Safety, Innocence and Cost: Replacing the Death Penalty is California's Only Viable Option

Byron Williams | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

If any good has come out of California's current economic challenges, it has been that pragmatism may have overtaken emotionalism in our public discourse.

An Innocent Man on Death Row

Eva Paterson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Crime
Eva Paterson

Anthony Graves, father of three and an African American man with no violent past, was on death row in Texas for more than a decade. We talked with Anthony about his long fight for freedom and his work to replace the death penalty with life without parole.

The Death Penalty: Questionable Evidence for Deterrence

Paul Heroux | Posted 11.08.2011 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The death penalty is about as divisive an issue as abortion or gun control. Studies are offered by proponents and opponents to both support and condemn both sides of each issue. It is therefore imperative to assess and critique the quality, reliability and validity of the studies.

'We Are Breaking Our Faith With Victims If We Pass This Measure'

Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.26.2011 | San Francisco

On Friday, the state Assembly defeated Senator Leland Yee's SB9 — a controversial bill that would have offered some offenders a chance at eventual...

SB 490: Let the Voters Make an Informed Decision

James Clark | Posted 10.03.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

No one is surprised to learn that California's death penalty is a broken and dysfunctional system. The question is: how do we fix it?

The Myth of California's Death Penalty

James Clark | Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles
James Clark

California's sudden drop in death sentences and the momentum to replace the death penalty with a real public safety solution didn't just crop up out of nowhere. They're the result of the death penalty's myths being exposed.

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.

Addicted to Incarceration

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.31.2011 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

A sharp divide in the recent Supreme Court ruling ordering California to drastically reduce its prison population represents a deeper national division.