Life Without Parole Essay

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Life Sentence, Thanks Consequences
In a life full of choices, freedom can be overwhelming. Individuals have the choice to do as they please and live life without restraint. With that being considered, it’s incredibly easy to neglect that freedom and do bad with it rather than actual good. Here is where consequences come into play. For those juveniles that have been sentenced to life without parole, this is where consequences end that neglected freedom. Life without parole in juvenile delinquents has been a highly controversial topic for many years. In 2012, the official decision from the Supreme Court declared that life without parole (LWOP) should be banned for all juveniles. Life without parole should be seriously evaluated on its effectiveness by first looking at the history, then discussing how life without parole is a controversial sentencing, before lastly ending on where we stand now with LWOP and what can be done to make it better.
Literature Review
When regarding life without parole, it’s essential to examine the history of it and how life without parole became so controversial. Currently, the United States is the only country that sentences juveniles to life without parole (Rovner,
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For some, it may be seen as effective, whereas overall, life without parole is ineffective. Overall, it has come to the attention of some that life without parole is indeed bad. As stated previously, life without parole for juveniles is cruel and unusual. Juveniles can’t fully grasp what is happening because their brains haven’t fully developed to understand the full extent of the crime they may commit. Juveniles are young and at a stage in life where their moral views are developing and adapting (Brown & Birkenes, 2012). By sentencing a juvenile to life without parole, it strips the rights from juveniles to ever be rehabilitated and return to society to live a semi-normal

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