life without parole

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Being on a jury sucks. I got picked for a Murder in the First Degree trial in April and it was the worst!! It was a week long and in my state the punishment is either Death or Life without Parole (lucky for me the state wasn't seeking the death penalty). Though having to be the one that said a 24 year old man should die in prison is a decision that still pains me (even though he was guilty it still is painful).

oh yikes, yeah i can’t imagine how difficult of a situation that would be :/ 

Jailed for life for stealing a $159 jacket? 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes
November 17, 2013

A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”

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Teen Killers: Life Without Parole (2014 Documentary)

“In the United States more than 2,500 people are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 or younger. In this film, five of them, all convicted for first degree murder, tell their stories. Brian was a 16-year-old outsider inspired by the Columbine School massacre when he and school friend Torey killed their classmate Cassie in a chilling murder reminiscent of a scene from a horror film. Josiah and Jacob both reflect on the impact childhood abuse had on the appalling murders they committed and Sean recalls gang life in the notorious Bloods, killing a passer-by the first time he shot a gun. All five give sober insights into their teenage selves and the deep regret they feel for their victims and all those impacted by their crimes. Through their stories the film asks some difficult questions. What is justice when a teenager kills? Can a horrific act place a life beyond redemption? Are there alternatives or should we simply dispose of them?”

Amnesty International has released a report on juvenile life without parole statistics and experience. I have been following this type of story for a while now and every time I read or see something about it I get sick to my stomach. This alone disqualifies the USA as a a candiate for the “greatest country in the world.” How pathetic are people to believe an 11 year old deserve to rot in prison for the rest of their lives? The prosecution, judge, and juries on these cases physically disgust me.

One of the other important aspects of this report is its recognition of how psychological disorders play a large role in these cases. As I have argued with numerous people and on here before, those with psychological disorders are among the most mistreated and ignored in our society. It goes to show how emotional ignorant and empty we are as a nation that people that are suffering with something uncontrollable, and many times difficult to treat (medically and with the physical ability to give treatment since our nation has done little to give patients, their families, and doctors the adequate tools to actually helping those in need). Mix this massive failure of conscience with a nation willing to destroy the young life of another and we have a dangerous situation.

Anyways, follow the link to the report, it is devastating and painful, but absolutely necessary to know and understand.

The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America
While serious crime rates in the U.S. have been declining for the last 20 years, the number of prisoners serving life sentences has more than quadrupled since 1984. As documented in our new report, Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America, by senior research analyst Ashley Nellis, over 159,000 people were serving life sentences in 2012, with nearly 50,000 serving life without parole.

Key findings from the report include:
  • One of every nine individuals in prison is serving a life sentence.
  • The population of prisoners serving life without parole (LWOP) has risen more sharply than those with the possibility of parole: there has been a 22.2% increase in LWOP since just 2008.
  • Approximately 10,000 lifers have been convicted of nonviolent offenses.
  • Nearly half of lifers are African American and 1 in 6 are Latino. 
  • More than 10,000 life-sentenced inmates have been convicted of crimes that occurred before they turned 18 and nearly 1 in 4 of them were sentenced to LWOP.
  • More than 5,300 (3.4%) of the life-sentenced inmates are female.

In order to reshape our crime policies to facilitate rehabilitation, promote public safety, and reduce the high cost of mass incarceration, the report recommends eliminating life without parole, increasing the use of executive clemency, preparing persons sentenced to life for release from prison, and restoring the role of parole in prisoner release.

I hope that the insights in Life Goes On: The Historic Rise in Life Sentences in America will be useful in your work. As always, we would welcome your comments and reactions to the issues raised in this report.

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This is sickening.

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This convict’s name was Randy Tundidor, Jr.  He and his dad committed murder together.  This is the convict testifying against his father.  The son will spend the rest of his life in prison.  The dad received the death penalty.

I like the freshly shaved convict look with crisp jail striped jumpsuit.  And the heavy restraints even while testifying.  I wonder how much credibility he really had with the jurors!?

'Loud Music' Killer Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life Without Parole

‘Loud Music’ Killer Michael Dunn Sentenced To Life Without Parole

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Some closure can finally come to the family of Jordan Davis, 17, who was shot and killed in November of 2012 over an argument about loud music playing in the SUV Davis was riding in with his friends.

Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted in the killing of Davis earlier in October and found guilty of first-degree murder. In February, there was a mistrial declared on the first-degree murder charge, but…

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All I need for Sunday is a 4 paragraph summary of what the case is about, what support there is, and what opposition there is. 

My topic is DOES LIFE WITH PAROLE FOR JUVENILES VIOLATE THE 8th and 14th AMENDMENTS. 

Eventually I must provide the case details, the support and opposition, and then make a prediction of what the cases outcome will be, because it is a current case in the Supreme Court, and the legal reasoning behind this decision. 

LWOP [life without parole], more than any other form of incarceration, imposes a permanent disruption on the marginal and minority communities. It permanently hardens the psychological degradation of distressed minority communities by conveying the message that offenders from these communities are distinctly irredeemable: they must be locked up forever because they could never change.
—  Life Without Parole: America’s New Death Penalty? Ed. Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and Austin Sarat

The California Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case in which a juvenile defendant received a sentence of 175 years, which the state attorney general insisted “does not foreclose the possibility that he may one day be eligible for parole.”

As a California appeals court said, it is “Orwellian” to consider such long sentences constitutional simply because they are not labeled “life without parole.” The Supreme Court categorically banned life without parole for juveniles who have not committed homicide because they “are not sufficiently culpable to merit that punishment.” That principle applies to sentences with the same effect.

—  – De Facto Life Without Parole, New York Times

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Give juvenile lifers a second chance

Juveniles may walk and talk like adults, but the reality is that they reason like children. Columnist James Alan Fox argues that life without parole for juveniles should be abolished. His reasoning is that young people are malleable, and have the ability to reform if they are given the opportunity. Read the column.

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