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Cruel and Inhuman: UN Slams US as Only Nation that Sentences Children to Die In Prison


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Cruel and Inhuman: UN Slams US as Only Nation that Sentences Children to Die In Prison

Sarah Lazare, staff writer

A United Nations human rights expert strongly condemned the U.S. on Tuesday for being the "only State in the world that still sentences children to life imprisonment without the opportunity for parole," thereby imposing cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment.

Juan Méndez, the Special Rapporteur on torture, made the comments in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.


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Today, life without parole, tomorrow the gas chambers!
That's just life in these United States the Fourth Reich!
* "Cheer up," she said, "things could be worse!"
* So I cheered up and, sure enough, things got worse.
;-})


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That's Right, MT,

We could be in 1937 Berlin where your papers are not in order everywhere you go with TSA and unmanned V-1 drones fly overhead and people are disappeared and tortured courtesy Hitler's NDAA section 1021... under unmanned Lockheed Corporation Hindenbergs flying at 60,000 feet spying on your every transmission....

....never mind.


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Some kids go through a very rough adolescence but grow out of it by age 30. So maybe instead of sentencing youth under 16 as adults to life with not chance of parole, we should make anyone sentence before age 16 or whatever age of adulthood is in state in which convicted eligible for consideration for parole at age 30. All prisoners regardless of age, should be screened for mental health problems and substance abuse problems and treated as appropriate. They should also be screened for literacy, numeracy, and ability to pass GED exam, and given remedial education as appropriate. Once they pass GED, they should be given vocational training and once that is completed bused to job prepared for 5 days a week. Take home pay from job should go 1/3 for room, 1/3 for board, 1/3 to first pay off debts, then to save up a nest egg.


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Anything that can make more money for the rich is approved. The more people in privatized prisons, the bigger the profits.The incarceration of poor people is another way of moving the tax dollars into special interests. Our government is controlled by those special interests. Until we take the government out of the hands of Corporations, and put it back into the hands of the people, nothing will change.


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What else could be expected from the proven psychopathic parasites in charge?
When your justice dept encourages drug cartels by giving them guns and impunity for their money laundering bankers, only an idiot thinks there is a functional justice system.
More like a clown circus on a bad hair day.


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Rick Wershe is a juvenile lifer who has spent the last 27+ years in prison for a non-violent drug charge. Why should he have to spend another day behind bars for the mistakes he made as a kid?? Free Rick!

"In May 1987, when he was 17, Wershe was charged with possession with intent to deliver eight kilos of cocaine, which police had found stashed near his house following a traffic stop. He had the misfortune of being convicted and sentenced under one of the harshest drug statutes ever conceived in the United States, Michigan’s so-called 650 Lifer law, a 1978 act that mandated an automatic prison term of life without parole for the possession of 650 grams or more of cocaine. (The average time served for murder in state prisons in the 1980s was less than 10 years.)

Sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole for non-homicide crimes was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, by which point such sentences were already exceedingly rare; the court was able to locate only 129 inmates serving them nationwide. Michigan eventually acknowledged the failures of the 650 Lifer statute—the governor who signed it into law, William G. Milliken, has called it the greatest mistake of his career—and rolled it back in 1998. Those already serving time became parole eligible and began to be released. Wershe is the only person sentenced under the old law who is still in prison for a crime committed as a juvenile. Prominent and violent kingpins and enforcers from Wershe’s day in Detroit have long since been freed. And yet Wershe has remained incarcerated, for more than 26 years." - From 'The Trials of White Boy Rick' by Evan Hughes.