Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole. Surveying the international community’s feelings on JLWOP. Research Hypothetical. Much debate in the United States over whether or not juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) is constitutional under the Eighth Amendment.
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Surveying the international community’s feelings on JLWOP
“The international prohibition against life without parole sentences for children (as well as the death penalty) is one of the crucial human rights protections for youth who have broken the law.”
“The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) explicitly addresses the contradiction between the particular rights and needs of children and life without parole sentences.284”
“The United States and Somalia292 are the only two countries in the world that have not ratified the CRC, although both have signed it.293”
“[N]otone of the original fifteen member states of the European Union allows children to be sentenced to life without parole.314 On the African continent, thirty-one countries prohibit life without parole for children in their penal laws.315Six other African countries have decided that the sentence cannot be imposed on child offenders under sixteen.316”