AIUSA Reaction to Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole

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January 25, 2016

AIUSA Reaction to Supreme Court Decision on Juvenile Life Without Parole

The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision today in the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana finding that a 2012 ruling banning automatic life without parole for juvenile offenders applies retroactively. Jasmine Heiss, senior campaigner with Amnesty International USA, issued the following statement:

“While every other country in the world rejects the punishment of life without parole for children, the U.S. remains the only country that locks up kids and throws away the key. This decision represents an opportunity for the United States to chart a bold new direction toward reform in juvenile justice, and for the U.S. criminal justice system as a whole. This ruling comes as the United States is grappling with the very real human rights crisis of mass incarceration. It should not stop here.”

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