Utah is one state “leading the way” when it comes to banning life without parole for children, according to Newsweek.
A Newsweek opinion piece asked the question of why the United States continues to sentence children to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Several states aren’t complying with a recent Supreme Court decision that labeled the move unconstitutional. But that hasn’t stopped states from sending children to prison without parole.
“The shameful news is that the United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and that children of color — African-American children in particular — and children who have been abused and traumatized are disproportionately handed these sentences,” according to Newsweek.
But Newsweek reported some states have changed their tune. In fact, conservative states Utah, West Virginia and Arkansas are “leading the way” toward banning life without parole for young people.
“These reforms are crucial because they bring hope of a second chance to those told as children that their lives were worth so little that they would die in prison,” Newsweek wrote. “They also speak to the capacity for growth and change that often defines youth.”
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