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March 21, 2012 (NPR)

Without Parole, Juveniles Face Bleak Life In Prison

We hear a lot about juvenile offenders when they commit a crime — and again, when they're sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. But not much is known about what happens after the prison gates slam shut.

For the first time, researchers are starting to fill in the blanks. "You know, [these offenders are] more than just the worst mistake of their lives," said Ashley Nellis, a research analyst who did a first-ever survey of juvenile offenders for The Sentencing Project. "And it's important to find out what else was going on in their life, before and after."

The full article can be viewed here.

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Juvenile Justice