is the onlycountry in the
DIE IN PRISON
forcrimes they were involved in beforethey were old enough to sit on the juries that convicted them. Thispunishment is known as juvenile lifewithout parole sentencing, or JLWOP.
youth sentenced to life without parolein Michigan are currently imprisoned
were involved in a crime planned outand executed by an adult ringleader
were convicted of aiding and abettingmurder, not actually killing
will die in prison because they refusedplea deals for sentences as short as 5 years
of people serving JLWOP are AfricanAmerican
The lifetime cost of imprisoning current the JLWOP population
The cost of imprisoning asingle child until s/he dies
$35,000/year from age 16-55 and $105,000/yearfrom 55-75
MYTHS & FACTS
JLWOP is for the worst of the worst.
38% of youth sentenced to JLWOP hadno prior contact with the justice system. Onethird did not actually kill anyone. There is NOminimum age for JLWOP in Michigan.
“Adult crime, adult time.”
Kids are not adults. They cannot vote,sign contracts, or sit on juries The adolescentbrain is risk prone, and lacks a mature brain’sfaculties of judgment, decision-making, aswell as ability to weigh future consequences. . Juveniles sentenced to life in prison will servetwice as long as the average adult sentencedfor a comparable crime.
JLWOP is necessary for public safety
Many judges believe a lessor sentencefor youth would be sufficient for the interestsof public safety. However, they lack thediscretion to issue shorter sentences because JLWOP is mandatory. Prosecutors offer manyyouths lessor sentences in the form of pleabargains. However, young people fail tounderstand the nature of these plea deals.
***Second Chances 4 Youth
is a network of families, professionals, advocates, organizations,and faith-communities opposed to LWOP for juveniles. We seek an opportunity to evaluatewhether juveniles sentenced to LWOP, now grownand matured, are current threats to public safety.Providing a
to youth to safelyrejoin society upon a clear demonstration of maturity and remorse.
PREVENTION NOT PUNISHMENT:Education not Incarceration
83% were of youth sentenced to life withoutparole were suspended at least once64% were expelled70% were not regularly attending school at thetime of their crime
LifersExpelledFrom SchoolLifers NotExpelledFrom School
LifersSuspendedFrom SchoolAt LeastOnceLifers NeverSuspendedFrom School
“The child shall be given aneducation that will promote hergeneral culture and enable her todevelop her abilities, her individual judgment, and her sense of moraland social responsibility, and tobecome a useful member of society.”
The Declaration of the Rights of The Child