Wednesday, October 17, 2007

United States Stands Alone in Locking Up Teenagers for Life

by Adam Liptak
The New York Times
October 17, 2007

In December, the United Nations took up a resolution calling for the abolition of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for children and young teenagers. The vote was 185 to 1, with the United States the lone dissenter.

Indeed, the United States stands alone in the world in convicting young adolescents as adults and sentencing them to live out their lives in prison. According to a new report, there are 73 Americans serving such sentences for crimes they committed at 13 or 14...

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