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Juvenile Incarceration

 
Oct 24
2016
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America is the only country in the world that routinely sentences minors to life in prison without the chance of parole. A handful of other countries allow their judicial systems to sentence juveniles to life, they have not exercised that right. Currently there are over 2,000 child offenders serving life without the chance of parole in the US and for 59 percent of them, it was their first ever criminal conviction. This has to stop! While their crimes were bad, I’m sure, they are still kids. They don’t fully understand what’s right and wrong and the repercussions their actions have. I don’t disagree with a hefty sentence, but why life? Why no parole? Give these kids a chance to get back out into the real world. 



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