Amnesty International Says Supreme Court Ruling on Juvenile Sentencing is Step in Right Direction, Urges States to Move on Repeal

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June 25, 2012

Amnesty International Says Supreme Court Ruling on Juvenile Sentencing is Step in Right Direction, Urges States to Move on Repeal

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, 212-633-4150, strimel@aiusa.org, @strimel

(New York) – Suzanne Nossel, executive director, Amnesty International USA, issued the following comments today in response to the Supreme Court ruling prohibiting mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles:

“While this ruling still allows for the possibility that those under 18 years of age at the time of the crime could be sentenced to life without parole, it is a step in the right direction. The United States stands virtually alone in the world in imposing such sentences, which amount to locking a young person up and throwing the key away for life. This is a clear violation of international human rights law. Amnesty International urges states to repeal all sentencing schemes that allow for juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.