Juvenile Life Without Parole sign now

In March 2005, in the case of Roper V. Simmons, 125 S.Ct. 1183 (2005) the US Supreme Court ruled that juveniles possessed a diminished culpability, and therefore could not be executed. This was made to apply retroactively, thus removing juveniles from death row in the United States. This same reasoning applies to life without parole (LWOP). In June 2006, the U.N. admonished the United States - one of only two countries in the world that permits LWOP for juveniles - for violating Article 37 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states: "Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without the possibility of release shall be imposed for offenses committed by persons below eighteen years of age." Article 24 of the covenant (Articles 7 and 24) states in part, "The State party should ensure that no such child offender is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, and should adopt all appropriate measures to review the situation of persons already serving such sentence." The U.S. has 2,228 juvenile lifers (in a 2004 estimate), compared with TWELVE juvenile lifers in the rest of the world.
The U.S. government needs to enact change now and heed the advice of the U.N., as well as applying the studies from Roper toward LWOP and stop throwing away our children. LWOP has no number, a juvenile sentenced to LWOP will spend the rest of his or her natural life in prison, making it no different than a sentence of death.

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Latest Signatures

  • 31 December 2015450. Joan H
    Please stop the above sentencing of juveniles They are children and are not capable of comprehending the consequences of what they are doing. These children are a product of our society!
  • 23 December 2015449. Tina N
    I'm signing on behalf of Kenneth Loggins,a wonderful person that deserves another chance to live. Address 820 James Taylor rd,moody,al.35004
  • 26 November 2015448. Anna C
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  • 27 October 2015443. James H
    We will pray for you
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    America is no longer the greatest country in the world. For this we should be ashamed. Address SC
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  • 21 August 2015437. Vida Te
    This is cruel and inhumane treatment Address 3136 Peeksville Rd., Locust Grove, GA 30248
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  • 23 June 2015433. Leslie Petty
    Instead of always looking for the worst punishment why not look into why a child would commit such a crime? Lets put a little bit more money into that!!!!
  • 23 June 2015432. Lindsey H
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  • 15 June 2015430. Shannon M
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  • 08 June 2015429. Jenifer M
    They are only children.
  • 02 June 2015428. Barbara M
    They are mere children, not hardened criminals Address Bremerton
  • 21 May 2015427. Alicia Crewsr
    I support this petition
  • 20 May 2015426. Jerry L
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  • 01 May 2015425. Shana T
    Life without parole is a living death sentence for children and it needs to stop!!
  • 01 May 2015424. Tara Burnett
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