Congressional testimony: Juveniles serving life


06.24.09TSPMarc Mauer, Executive Director of The Sentencing Project, recently testified before Congress at a hearing on the proposed Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2009, which Mauer said would “allow for careful, periodic reviews of individual cases to determine whether, 15 years later, people sentenced to life without parole as youth continue to pose a threat.” Mauer testified that there are 2,500 people serving life in prison for crimes they committed before the age of 18, and that 60 percent of those were first-time offenders.

Click here to read Mauer’s testimony.

Use The Crime Report for more information on Life Without Parole for Juveniles.

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