Amnesty Int'l to USA: No "Life" for under 18. Only Somalia does too. Pub 3rd world?

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    US must stop jailing minors for life, says Amnesty. Amnesty says severe sentences for young offenders often do not take account of mitigating factors Amnesty International has called for the US to stop sentencing juveniles to life in prison without parole.

    More than 2,500 adults are in US jails for crimes committed as a child - under current rules they will never be freed.

    In its new report, Amnesty says the practice is incompatible with the basic principles of juvenile justice.

    The US and Somalia are the only two countries not to have ratified a UN convention that bans life in jail without parole for under-18 year olds.

    'Potential for rehabilitation'

    Amnesty says offenders as young as 11 have faced such sentences in the US.

    "In the USA, people under 18 years old cannot vote, buy alcohol, lottery tickets or consent to most forms of medical treatment," said Natacha Mension, of the human rights group.

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    AMNESTY CASE STUDY
    Christi Cheramie was jailed for life without parole in 1994 in Louisiana when she was 16 years old. She was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of her 18-year-old fiance's great aunt. Cheramie says he did it.

    She says she pleaded guilty just before her trial in an adult court began to avert a potential death sentence. A psychiatrist who saw Cheramie before trial said she seemed "fearful of crossing" her fiance. Her childhood was marked by sexual abuse. At age 13, she was admitted to a psychiatric clinic after suicide attempts.

    In 2001, Cheramie tried to withdraw her guilty plea, but the request was denied. Now 33, she has a high-school equivalency diploma and a degree in agricultural studies. A warden says Cheramie is "worthy of a second chance". She is applying to the state prison board for executive clemency.
    "But they can be sentenced to die in prison for their actions. This needs to change."

    More than half of US states have approved the use of mandatory life sentences without parole for some serious crimes, such as murder.

    The US Supreme Court has already acted on some aspects of youth sentencing - and a review is underway.

    In May last year it banned sentences of life without parole for minors in non-murder cases.

    Earlier this month, it agreed to consider the issue in relation to homicide cases, too; a decision is not expected until next year.

    Amnesty's report, This is where I'm going to be when I die, says such sentences are handed down without considering factors such as history of abuse or mental health.

    "We are not excusing crimes committed by children or minimizing their consequences, but the simple reality is that these sentences ignore the special potential for rehabilitation and change that young offenders have," said Ms Mension.

    Amnesty wants the US to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been in force for two decades.

    It prohibits the imposition of life imprisonment without the possibility of release for any offence committed by under-18-year-olds.

    BBC News - US must stop jailing minors for life, says Amnesty

    I'm tired of over enthusiastic prosecution, draconian punishments, and horrible defense lawyers, etc.


    New Guinea is the other country without Parental Leave...Thanks Elitist megarich pubs, and of course the brainwashed dupes....
     
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    Has it occurred to your tiny little mind that these kids are complete sociopaths and that if you let them out, they are just going to re-offend?
     
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    No. Idiot. It's either life without parole or letting them out, Rush/Glenn?
     
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    Is this too much for the dupes to handle? Place is absolutely full of poor minority sociopaths? LOL- Just like the 3rd world....save the rich!! lol
     
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    Take a life lose yours.

    You got life instead of a bullet. Thank the lord.
     
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    Jeevus you're stupid. Later!
     
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    We see the pinnacle of your intellect through the use of dup etc.

    You arent even smart enough to understand. :lol:
     
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    Liberals average 10 pts higher IQs than the dupes....LOL! Foxbots, dittoheads, Moonies, Kochbots= Pub dupes- You people are proven brainwashed functional idiots fcs. Hoping for your recovery...
     
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    Wow, really? Could we see a peer reviewed paper or ten that support that contention.
     
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    "...them and the horse they rode in on!"

    Why would anyone care what Amnesty Int'l has to say about anything?
     

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