November 19, 2013
Keeping Good Company

We’re Number One again! Aren’t you proud?

Juvenile life without parole is banned in the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has been ratified by every single country in the world except three: Somalia, South Sudan and the United States. In Somalia and South Sudan, there are no known cases of people serving a life without parole sentence for a crime committed as a minor. In the U.S., there were around 2,500 as of 2008, according to a Human Rights Watch tally.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 19, 2013 05:58 PM
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Our corrupt legal system stinks to high heaven and covers the planet with it's stench.

Posted by: Knowdoubt on November 20, 2013 7:03 AM

The question always is: cui bono? If we build a lot of private jails we have to fill them, otherweise they ar not profitable.

Posted by: Peter on November 20, 2013 12:22 PM

To make us even prouder: (I could be wrong, but ...) I'll bet that the "crimes" of many of those 2500 are not even things that would be normally considered deserving of life without parole even for adults, i.e., homicidal. Maybe not even most of them. A lot of them are probably low-level felonies that qualified under one of our bullshit three-stikes laws mandating LWP for the third conviction.

Posted by: Tim on November 20, 2013 5:32 PM

Who knew a third-world nation could be so rich and powerful?

Posted by: Sociopat on November 21, 2013 12:40 PM
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