Juvenile life without parole needs to be banned for good.

Juvenile life without parole needs to be banned for good.

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Marsh Castillo started this petition to Equal Justice Initiative and

It is unconstitutional to send a child to life in prison without parole and the United States is the only country in the world that allows for this to happen. Sentencing children to die in prison is condemned by international law. Between 2012-2016, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the juvenile death penalty, juvenile life without parole for non-homicide crimes, and juvenile life without parole for homicide crimes. Although, if the court deems that the child is unable to be rehabilitated or changed, then the court can demand discretionary life without parole. There are 29 states that allow this sentencing including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisana, which make up about two-thirds of juvenile life without parole (JLWOP). There are currently more than 2,000 offenders serving life without parole for crimes they committed when they were minors.

Research shows the most juvenile offenders grow out of their criminal behavior in their mid-twenties. Keeping juvenile offenders in prison for life or for long sentences can damage their chances of rehabilitation. It is also extremely costly for the United States to send children to jail for a long time. Our nation needs to be investing in the improvement of our school systems and rehabilitation programs for juvenile offenders. There has been proven scientific research that children have underdeveloped brains and mostly commit crimes due to factors they can't control. States need to recognize that a child's time in prison needs to be focused on rehabilitation, and they should spend 10-25 years in prison. After however many years they have served in prison, his/her case should be reviewed again and the court should determine whether they are capable enough to re-enter society. 

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