Life Without Parole Research Paper

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The sentencing of life in prison without parole for children has been a heavily debated topic with various JLWOP groups, anti-JLWOP, and judicial courts. In March 2005, the case Roper v. Simmons, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was a cruel and unusual punishment. This decision received positive feedback, but raised more questions and opinions if life without parole for juveniles is also unconstitutional. According to researchers, roughly 200,000 people under the age of 18 are transferred to the adult criminal system each year. And currently around 2,400 juveniles are serving sentences of life without parole in prison, most from committing murder. In cases where juveniles commit terrible crimes, there should be an option to sentence them to life in prison without parole, but only to a certain extent. Life sentences without parole should only be given when the crime is murder because this punishment fits the…show more content…
Life sentences for non-homicide cases are just unproductive and a waste of money. A brief article by US Newswire says, “Juvenile life without parole in non-capital cases serve no rational criminal justice policy. It is disproportionate to the teen's blameworthiness, it has no deterrence value, it adds nothing to public safety, but does add an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers." In non-capital cases, the sentencing of life without parole is both unjust to both the victim’s family and the offender. The punishment here does not fit the crime. The article “Life without parole for children debated”, it is said that a 14-year old boy has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, but in this case he did not do the killing. He only took part of the robbery that led to the killing of someone else. The punishment of life without parole in this case is also too extreme as it should’ve only been sentenced to the actual killer of the victim, the juvenile who shot the

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