The Rest of Their Lives
Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States

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I. Summary

II. Recommendations

III. Background: Youth on Trial

IV. Sentencing of Youth to Life without Parole

V. The Difference between Youth and Adults

VI. Life without Parole in Adult Prison

VII. Life without Parole under U.S. Law

VIII. Just Sentences for Youth: International Human Rights Law

IX. Conclusion: Life without Parole and the Purposes of Criminal Punishment

Appendix A: Note on Research Methods

Appendix B: Note on Statistical Methods

Appendix C: Sample Letter Soliciting Data from State Correctional Department

Appendix D: State Population Data Table

Appendix E: Letters from Five Youth Offenders Serving Life without Parole Sentences in the United States (32 page pdf file - 4.33 Mb)

October 2005   ISBN: 1564323358