March 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM by AHN   Tom Ramstack – AHN News Legal Correspondent
Two prison cells shown empty and side by side

Washington, D.C., United States (AHN) – The Supreme Court plans to deal with a vexing dilemma next week of when criminals who commit murder are too young to be sentenced to long prison terms.

The hearing involves separate cases of two boys who committed brutal murders when they were 14 years old.

They both were sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole, which prompted outrage among advocates of juvenile justice.

They accuse the courts of brutality for failing to recognize that the boys’ immaturity might have contributed to their criminal behavior.

Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative, which will argue the case next week on behalf of the defendants, says life in prison for children violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

Published in Prison Legal News

By Lynn Herrmann Jan 10, 2012

Washington- More than 2,500 youth offenders serving life without parole sentences in United States adult prisons experience conditions violating basic human rights, including denied access to education, isolationism, rape, and assault, according to a new report.
Published in Current Events

By LAUREN SAUSSER (AP) 

CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND — They were unlikely dance partners in an unlikely dance hall: a 29-year-old murderer and a 10-year-old boy doing an impromptu tango as Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father" sounded from a boom box in a prison gym.

It was one of the lighter moments at the emotional end of a weeklong summer camp where inmate dads and their children reconnected after years apart. Seven fathers — all in prison-issued jeans and blue, short-sleeved shirts — swayed to the song with their children, some openly crying.

Published in Family Support