2,594 Juveniles Serving Life Without Parole

Last year, the Supreme Court determined that kids couldn’t be sentenced to life without parole for crimes other than murder. The justices found that it violated the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. (Full disclosure: I strongly supported that decision.) The justices dodged the question, however, of whether juveniles could still be sentenced to life with no chance of parole for the ultimate crime: murder.

As the Court receives increasing requests for an answer to that question, the New York Times published a chart showing the state of juveniles presently incarcerated for life. Of the 2,594 prisoners sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as youths, 71 of them committed those crimes at the ages of 13 or 14, including a prisoner in Missouri named Quantel Lotts. Only nine states and the District of Columbia have no inmates serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles.

Here’s that chart:

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