"It just seems to me that if you are going to put someone who is 13 or 14 or 15 or 16 or 17 into prison, you ought to leave them some hope." Retired judge, JOHN R. BLUE, on inmates who are serving life sentences with no possibility of parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed.There are just over 100 people in the world serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed. All are in the United States. And 77 of them are in Florida. The argument being made is that it is contrary to the 8th Amendment forbidding "cruel and usual punishment" to sentence these youths when they may not have the capacity to understand their crime (although it appears this is a factor taken into consideration in sentencing) or who may be among the few criminals who can be rehabilitated. And then I thought - and how many are women?
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Quote that caught my eye,