If you guessed that they have all been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, in the United States at the age of 13 or 14, you are sadly correct. I cannot read this report (pdf) without feeling like we must do something. Judges had no discretion, many of the kids have no legal representation, some are in prison for LIFE for non-violent crimes, and of course, it is racially biassed. This entry is filed under “crime” but let me assure you, I mean the crime of doing this to defensless children. As if the life circumstances they endured were not enough. OK all you old Legal Studies graduates of mine out there in big firms — get this to your managing partner and see if you can get this as part of your pro bono program. There is probably a kid incarcerated in your state (IL has a 13 year old and surprisingly, Texas has none).
Hat tip: scatterplot
PS: Equal Justice Initiative, please don’t be mad that I grabbed some pictures from the report to make my point.