Nov 9, 2009

Juvenile Offenders, Life Without Parole

There's been a lot of back-and-forth recently about two cases currently before the Supreme Court concerning prisoners in Florida who were sentenced to life without possibility of parole for crimes they committed as minors.

Here's an exchange in the NY Times that does a good job of unpacking some of the complexities.

As the chart above shows, 71% of the 109 juvenile offenders serving life without parole for crimes other than homicide are in the state of Florida.