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January 2012 (The Sentencing Project)

The Sentencing Project Joins Allies in Opposing JLWOP Sentences

The Sentencing Project joins other amici in voicing our support for eliminating life without parole sentences for young people. The U.S. stands alone worldwide in the imposition of juvenile life sentences with no option for parole.  The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 20, 2012 in Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs.

In the brief, more than 90 scholars and advocates join together to identify the flaws in applying life sentences to young people because of their reduced maturity and culpability combined with their capacity for reform when provided a chance to rehabilitate themselves. The brief also highlights the ways in which mandatory life sentences for juveniles are especially inappropriate.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Juvenile Justice