Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole? Yes, it happens in the United States. Children, juveniles are serving time in our nation's prisons - some will never be released. Listen to Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative discuss children in the justice system. The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to juveniles as well as indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. In this discussion, Brian Stevenson focuses on juveniles in the justice system and particularly juveniles of color. In the US, African Americans are over six times as likely to be incarcerated as whites; Latinos over twice as likely. Incarceration of juveniles of color show the same disparities that are found in the adult population.
The United States incarcerates more of its citizens that any other Western nation. According to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD):
- The US incarcerates the largest number of people in the world.
The incarceration rate in the US is four times the world average.
Some individual US states imprison up to six times as many people as do
nations of comparable population.
The US imprisons the most women in the world.
Crime rates do not account for incarceration rates.
The Equal Justice Initiative is striving to reform the administration of criminal justice, challenge poverty in the Deep South and address the legacy of racial apartheid, segregation,and prejudice, and educate the public and policymakers about problems facing the poor and the imprisoned. They work to confront the hopelessness, fear, and anger that result in excessive punishments, imprisonment, and greater marginalization of the poor, people of color, children, and the mentally ill.
To learn more about this organization or to donate, go to the Equal Justice Initiative