Life without Parole

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In the United States the number of juveniles serving life terms in prison without possibility of parole is more than 2000; in all the entire rest of the world, the number is 12. That's from an Amnesty International-Human Rights Watch report, the first study of life without parole in this country, where 42 states incarcerate 2225 juveniles without possibility of parole, some of them as young as 13, often sentenced after a first offense. Imprisonment takes murderers off the streets, but what happened to rehabilitating kids who commit crimes? Is the idea of juvenile "super-predators" a reality or a myth? We hear from prison reformers, a warden and a hard-nosed prosecutor.
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AI/HRW report, 'The Rest of Their Lives: Life Without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States'

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Vice President Dick Cheney

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity by Joseph Wilson

Meek's article on Vice President Cheney as target of grand jury probe



Warren Olney