UNITED STATES: Inhuman sentencing of children

Capital punishment is unconstitutional for offences committed by persons under the age of 18 and sentences of corporal punishment are unavailable for all offences. However; life imprisonment is lawful across the country and life imprisonment without the possibility of release remains lawful for homicide offences in the majority of states and under the federal criminal justice system. 

This report was originally prepared for the Child Rights International Network in May 2011, but updated in February 2016. 

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