Fair Sentencing for Youth

In light of the June 25, 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory Life Without Parole sentences for juveniles violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, there is a timely opportunity to help define revised state legislation around this issue. The following videos and facts have been compiled in coordination with a coalition of NGOs working on the frontlines of this issue and are intended to help make change for state-by-state legislation.

For More Information on Fair Sentencing in Your State:

States vary greatly in their imposition of extreme sentences upon youth. Hold your cursor above any state to obtain more information about it.

Notes on data.

How Long Is Forever: Fair Sentencing of Youth

Chance for Change: Dolphy's Story

Chance for Change: Xavier's Story

A Path for Hope: Ending Juvenile Life Without Parole