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Catholic Bishops call for end to life without parole for youth

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced that it has endorsed the principles of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. The USCCB is ” is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of […]

Video | Parents say forgiving their daughter's killer freed them

By Scott Stump, TODAY After their daughter was murdered in a fit of rage by her fiancee in 2010, a Florida couple decided to do the hardest thing possible – forgive him. Instead of pushing for a life sentence for their daughter’s killer, Andy and Kate Grosmaire chose to pursue a process called restorative justice, […]

APA signs on as official supporter

The American Psychological Association has joined more than 100 legal, advocacy and social science groups in signing the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth’s statement of principles, oppose sentencing children younger than 18 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Can forgiveness play a role in criminal justice?

By Paul Tullis, The New York Times, January 4, 2013 At 2:15 in the afternoon on March 28, 2010, Conor McBride, a tall, sandy-haired 19-year-old wearing jeans, a T-shirt and New Balance sneakers, walked into the Tallahassee Police Department and approached the desk in the main lobby. Gina Maddox, the officer on duty, noticed that […]

State court overturns 110 year sentence for teen gunman

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sentence of 110 years to life in prison for a man who committed three attempted murders at age 16 is unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment. The court said a sentence that exceeds a juvenile’s expected life span is equivalent to life in prison without […]

Bill would give juvenile lifers a second chance

08-16) 11:41 PDT San Francisco — Offenders serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles would have a chance to get out of prison under a bill approved Thursday by the state Assembly. The bill, which now heads back to the Senate, passed the Assembly with the minimum of 41 votes and no Republican […]

California: Chance for Youth Justice

(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly’s approval on August 16, 2012, of a bill to allow review of life without parole sentences for youth offenders is a step toward justice. The vote came just weeks after a United States Supreme Court decision barring the mandatory sentencing of juvenile offenders to life without parole. The Senate […]