Is Life without Parole Fair to Children?

November 19, 2010 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

An article in yesterday’s paper had the headline: “Life without parole OK for juveniles, Texas court rules” The story is about a 16-year old convicted of killing two other teens.

Here at Southwest Key we run community-based programs that work with juvenile offenders in ways that prepare them to be positive contributing members in their communities after they serve their sentence. But this story raises questions about the very real differences between children and adults and how the courts and the law should treat them. What do you think?

Is life without parole cruel and unusual punishment for a youth?

Do you believe youth convicted of capital offenses can’t be rehabilitated?

Do you believe the possibility of parole should be offered in 10 years? 20 years?

– Narissa Johnson
Ext. Communications Manager

Entry filed under: East Austin Children's Promise, Juvenile Justice.

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