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April 7, 2010 (Change.org)

End Juvenile Life Without Parole: Sign a Petition Addressed to Pennsylvania's Governor, State Senate and House

There are currently more than 2,500 individuals serving life sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile: 59% had no prior convictions and 26% were convicted because a co-defendant committed murder. These children stand a higher risk of being raped, murdered and assaulted or committing suicide while incarcerated.

No other country in the world sentences juveniles to a life sentence without possibility of parole and in doing so, the U.S. is at odds with three United Nations' resolutions: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, The Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and The Convention on the Rights of the Child. The U.S. and Somalia are the only two countries that have not ratified this document.

If girls as old as 15 can not be responsible for consensual sex, why can a child of 11 be tried as an adult and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole?

take action: sign the petition

Issue Area(s): Incarceration, Sentencing Policy, Racial Disparity, Juvenile Justice
State(s): Pennsylvania