Juveniles Should Not Receive Life Sentences

1199 Words Sep 17th, 2016 5 Pages
Abstract All juveniles should not receive life sentences for felony crimes committed one time. Every year in the US, children as young as 13 years of age are sentenced to spend the rest of their years of life in prison; sometimes, without the option of parole. Juvenile life without parole may also be known as “JLWOP.” Even though there’s a consensus saying that a child cannot be tried or held at the same standards as an adult and recognize that children are empowered to a higher level of treatment and protection, the US still allow for children to be tried and/or punished as an adult.
Juveniles Should Not Receive Life Sentences
In the 1980’s a group of teens called “superpredators,” were committing crimes in large groups or “wolf packs” as young as 11 years of age, which had gotten out of hand and caused politicians to respond out of fear. Politicians then lowered the age of which a child could be handed over to an adult court system, behind this there were some unintended consequences. Life in prison for a child under 17 is a harsh punishment.
These children have not had a chance to experience true life. In recent studies it shows that more than 20% of children serving life without parole were sentence because they were convicted of being an accomplice liability, which means that they weren’t the primary person of that crime, and possibly not present at the time of the murder or crime. California, Florida, Michigan, and Louisiana have the majority of children serving life…
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