USA must halt life without parole sentences for children

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In 1994, at the age of 16, Christi Cheramie was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. To impose this sentence on a person who was under 18 years old at the time of the crime violates international law. Christie Cheramie is now 33 years old and has spent more than half of her life in prison.

The USA is the only country apart from Somalia not to have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that no person under 18 at the time of the crime should be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. However, as a signatory to the treaty, the USA is still bound under international law not to defeat its object and purpose. There are more than 2,500 people in the USA serving life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for crimes committed when they were under 18 years old.

11 COMMENTS

  1. "Welcome to Louisiana!

    Population : Either in Jail or Church."

    Let me just adopt the cruel narrative of some of the people here and say Hurricane Katrina was too fucking "lenient". More people should have lost their homes during that period – Maybe then they could start to imagine what it's like to lose the rest of your life to a bullshit prison sentence.

    Hit 'em again, bad weather!!! Their nasty ways sure as shit deserve it…

  2. With all the powers of 9 Hades; they are judge, jury, and executioner. It's funny to them.You mean to tell me these aviators of doom with zero navigational skills, crash and burn by the law, and society runs up pick after scum? Even their parents are worthless. I feel nothing for them at all. Hell doesn't want them. May they eternally in GREAT RINGING anguish dwell ALONE. These animals were sucking thumbs left and right as infants; I'll give them something to suck… DIE, DIE, DIE !!!

  3. I completely disagree with this. I believe when a child commits murder, he is a danger to society. What kind of child's mind will think of killing anyone? So no, if teenager kills someone, he is responsible for his actions and needed to be sentenced for life. A minor is already aware of the rights and wrongs. Let us not have a society that is soft towards criminals.

  4. Forget it, AI. Most (not all, to be fair) Americans are so full of themselves, there is no room for reasoning. America No. 1 !!!! They believe they are God's own country, they even print that crap on their money. What do you expect?

  5. She should have gotten a good talking to before she was released to kill again.
    Oh, but protecting society, justice for the victim, is not of concern, only the murderer's rehabilitation should be of interest to us. The infant she beat to death with a baseball bat is of no interest.

  6. A murderer is a murderer. We're going to go easy on you because of your age? What a great message to send young people. That stupid bitch dumped me for that jock. I'll kill her knowing I'll get off lightly. WTF is wrong with you people? We have a enough fucking nutcases walking around as it is and you want to put more on the street? Trump is right. We aren't #1 at anything anymore.

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