Sunday, October 02, 2005


Two great articles have come out recently on the growing controversy over whether juveniles should be sentenced to life in prison without any chance of parole. In "Locked up Forever," Gwen Florio, Sue Lindsay and Sarah Langbein of the Rocky Mountain News thoughtfully explore the issue while weaving in the story of the harrowing murder of an elderly Colorado woman by two teens whose childhoods were filled with brutality. In "To More Inmates, Life Term Means Dying Behind Bars," Adam Liptak of the New York Times shares the tale of Jackie Lee Thompson, who is spending his life behind bars after killing his girlfriend nearly 36 years ago, when he was 15. Both stories contain a wealth of information while remaining compelling.


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