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Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview (The Sentencing Project 2014)

  • Organization: The Sentencing Project
  • Document Type: Brief/Motion Papers
  • Date Created: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  • Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  • Attachment(s): PDF

Recent Supreme Court rulings have banned the use of mandatory life without parole for juveniles, as well as in non-homicide cases. Still, the United States stands alone as the only nation that sentences people to life without parole for crimes committed before turning 18. This briefing paper documents the key legal cases in this area, as well as the impact on fiscal costs, racial disparities, and prospects for reform.

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