Thrown Away: Juvenile Lifers
Forty-six people sentenced as juveniles in Colorado will spend the rest of their lives in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence that is cruel, unfair and unnecessary, a report says. Human Rights Watch, a New York-based group, will release a highly critical study today called "Thrown Away: Children Sentenced to Life Without Parole in Colorado."
Colorado law requires judges to impose life without parole on children as young as 12 if they commit first-degree murder. International human rights law bars that practice, as well as the death penalty, and recognizes that the purpose of punishment is deterrence, retribution and rehabilitation, the report says.
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