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Life without parole for children

Monday, November 9th, 2009   8:51 am | Author: Isabelle | Life |
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“The United States could be the only nation in the world where a 13-year-old child can be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, even for crimes that do not include murder.”

 

There is a NYT editorial about this issue. An issue that should bother most people since many adults who commit violent crimes in this country receive short sentences or are released on parole after one or more hearings.

 

The Supreme Court is to hear two Florida cases today. 

 

“Joe Sullivan, the petitioner in Sullivan v. Florida, was sentenced to life without parole in 1989 — when he was just 13 — after a questionable sexual battery conviction. His two older accomplices testified against the younger, mentally impaired boy. They received short sentences, one of them as a juvenile.”

 

“The case of Terrance Graham has similar contours. A learning disabled child — born to crack-addicted parents — Mr. Graham was on probation in connection with a burglary committed when he was 16 when he participated in a home invasion. He, too, had older accomplices. He was never convicted of the actual crime but was given life without parole for violating the conditions of his probation.

 

Something is very wrong with our legal system when children can be put away for life for these types of crimes.

 

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