May 7, 2012

Sentencing for Black Teens in Homicides Where Victim Was White

A recent report by The Sentencing Project, entitled "Lives of Juvenile Lifers:  Findings  from a National  Survey” found that African-American teenagers are more likely to be sentenced to life in prison without parole if they are convicted of murdering a white person.

According to a recent article in The North Star News and Analysis the report is the "first-ever survey in which juvenile lifers were questioned."

The Sentencing Project is a Washington, D.C. based organization "that works for fair and effective U. S. sentencing by addressing unjust racial disparities."

The release of the report coincides with The Supreme Court's recent activity regarding juveniles who are sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder, although the crime was committed prior to turning 18. The Court heard appeals from Evan Miller vs. Alabama, and Kuntrell Jackson vs. Ray Hobbs, director of the Arkansas Department of Correction and a decision is expected this June.