December 17, 2007
Focus on the world's leader in juve offenders serving LWOP
This article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, headlined "Pa. leads nation in sentencing minors to life," starts this way:
Pennsylvania has sent more juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole than any other state or foreign country, a recent study shows. According to "Sentencing Our Children to Die in Prison," a study released last month by the University of San Francisco's Center for Law and Global Justice, 433 Pennsylvania inmates were sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as minors.
That means nearly one-fifth of the country's 2,381 juvenile lifers were sentenced in Pennsylvania. The only other country with juvenile lifers is Israel, which has seven, according to the study.
Some related posts:
- Using Roper's focus on age in post-Booker sentencings
- California considering eliminating LWOP for juveniles
- More examination of juves serving LWOP terms
- Forthcoming PBS program "When Kids Get Life"
December 17, 2007 at 09:23 AM | Permalink
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Here is why LWOP needs to be an option, even for teenagers.
Posted by: Kent Scheidegger | Dec 17, 2007 5:21:47 PM