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NCJ Number: NCJ 240751     Find in a Library
Title: Rest of Their Lives: Life Without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: Human Rights Watch
United States of America

Amnesty International
United States of America
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 167
  Annotation: This joint report from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International examines the problem of child offenders in the United States sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
Abstract: Data collected for this report indicate that in 2005, 2,225 people incarcerated in the United States were sentenced to life without parole for a crime they had committed when they were a child; 59 percent of the offenders received the sentence of life without parole for their first-ever criminal conviction; and 26 percent of the convictions were for the charge of felony murder in which the youth participated in a robbery or burglary during which a co-participant committed murder. The data collection also found that race was a significant factor in who received the sentence of life without parole, with Black youth receiving the sentence at a rate of 6.6 per 10,000, 10 times higher than the rate for White youth, 0.6 per 10,000. This joint report from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International examines the problem of child offenders in the United States sentenced to life without parole and presents research on why this sentence is never an appropriate outcome for youthful offenders. The report begins with a set of recommendations to Federal, State, and local government officials, prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys on stopping the use of life without parole sentences for young offenders. The report also examines juvenile justice trends in the United States, the demographics of youth sentenced to life without parole, the differences between youth and adult offenders, the conditions for young offenders sentenced to life without parole in adult prisons, and just sentences for youth under International Human Rights law. Case studies of young offenders are included in the report. Figures, tables, and appendixes
Main Term(s): Life sentence without parole
Index Term(s): Life sentences ; Juveniles in adult facilities ; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness ; Juvenile sentencing ; Effects of juvenile imprisonment ; Juvenile case disposition ; Juvenile inmate statistics ; Juvenile Corrections/Detention Decisionmaking ; Juvenile justice research ; Juvenile justice policies
Publication Number: ISBN: 1564323358
Sale Source: Human Rights Watch
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New York, NY 10118-3299
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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