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USA: The rest of their lives: Life without Parole for Child Offenders in the United States : a joint Human Rights Watch/Amnesty International Report

, Index number: AMR 51/162/2005

This joint report by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International is the first ever national analysis of life without parole sentences for children. While incarceration may be proper for youth convicted of very serious crimes such as murder, this report argues that a sentence of life without the possibility of parole is never appropriate for youth offenders. The document includescase studies; Recommendations; Background information about youth on trial; Life without parole in adult prison; Just sentences for youth and international human rights law; and, concludes with Life without parole and the purposes of criminal punishment.

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