Pending Legislation would Abolish Life without Parole for Juveniles in Ohio


The United States is the only country in the world known to sentence children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that this sentence may only be imposed in the rarest of cases to people who are “irreparably corrupt,” Ohio still has people serving life who were sentenced as children. That could soon change because of pending legislation that would abolish life without parole as a sentencing option for children and grant parole eligibility to all children who are sentenced to extreme sentences in adult prison in the state.

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