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Fighting Juvenile Life without Parole: U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 20, 2014
Benjamin Chambers


Webinar Recorded Thursday, November 20, 2014 

On November 20, 1989, the United Nations passed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Yet the United States, along with Somalia and South Sudan, remains one of the few nations that have failed to ratify the CRC, leaving the US as the only nation violating the CRC's ban on juvenile life without parole and other harsh sentencing practices, such as trying children in adult courts.

Today, the United States incarcerates more children than any other nation. On the 25th anniversary of the passage of the treaty, join national and local experts on how a children's rights framework can be used to fight against harsh penalties for youth.

The webinar -- which NJJN co-sponsored with the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth and The Sentencing Project -- emphasized legislative and judicial responses to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2012 ruling, Miller v. Alabama,which eliminated the use of mandatory life without parole sentences for youth.

Xavier McElrath-Bey and James Dold, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Josh Rovner, The Sentencing Project
Betsy Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative (member of NJJN)

>> Download slides.
>> Watch the webinar recording. (Log-in required.)   

>> Juvenile Justice and the U. N. Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Two fact sheets from NJJN on (a) what the Convention would mean for juvenile justice; and (b) responses to common arguments opposing ratification.  

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