Juvenile life without parole (JLWOP) is an excessive penalty that locks away children and gives up on them for good. Short of execution, it is the most severe penalty that exists. There is a nationwide movement to end JLWOP and many states have already done so. Advocates for Children and Youth will work with allied groups to advance a bill through the General Assembly to end JLWOP in Maryland.
UPDATE: February 16, 2016
SB259, a bill to end juvenile life without parole, is currently pending the the Maryland General Assembly. It was heard by the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on February 11th. Rais Akbar, ACY’s juvenile justice policy director, submitted written testimony in support. To read the testimony, click here.