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May 15, 2012
“Juveniles are getting sentenced more harshly than adults because of their inability to negotiate the adult criminal justice system,” Deborah LaBelle, the director of the Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative, told The Huffington Post. The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to experts. And five states -- California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- account for two-thirds of all youths younger than 18 currently serving natural life sentences. This means that they will likely die behind bars.
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