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4 responses to “Should juveniles be sentenced to life in prison without parole?”

  1. Velia Koppenhoefer

    Thank you so much for writing this post. Not only is important because it discusses my son Efrén’s case, but also because you bring attention to this very important issue that, to our international shame, affects the lives of 2,574 youth in our nation. As Efrén often reminds us, “There is no place in a civilized society for a policy that ignores the inherent dignity in children and the concept of redemption.” Citizens of conscience need to discuss this very important issue, and we need to end this deplorable policy once and for all. It is long past due.

    I invite people who support an end to life without parole sentences for youth or wish to support justice for Efrén to sign our online petition at http://tinyurl.com/FreeEPJ. Justice for Efrén represents justice for all youth sentenced to life without across the nation. To learn more about juvenile life without parole sentences we urge you to also visit http://Abolish-JLWOP.blogspot.com.

  2. Wes Thorp

    Chris-thanks for shedding light on this important issue. It’s deserving of further conversation and reporting. You helped move awareness forward-Wes

  3. Ann Francis

    Thanks for writing this online article. Prison reform like health care reform needs to be on the top of our community and national agenda. I ask, “why do we seek to imprison youth and adults that commit crimes rather than rehabilate/heal them?” and “when will we address the root conditions that lead to crime in the first place?” . I agree that “There is no place in a civilized society for a policy that ignores the inherent dignity in children and the concept of redemption.”

  4. Rachel Veerman

    Thank you for writing about this issue. I believe that most people don’t even know that our children are getting LWOP or sentences that make no sense. We need to change the USA laws. I am ashamed that we are the only country in the world that treats our children in such an inhumane way.

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