Logan Moore


Brett Jones turned fifteen years old the summer before he was set to start high school. Twenty-three days later, he was arrested and charged as an adult. Now, he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. In the United States, a fifteen-year-old child cannot legally vote, drink alcohol, or – in most states – drive a car without adult supervision. That same fifteen-year-old, however, who is not considered responsible enough to buy a ticket to an R-rated movie, may be sentenced to life in prison without the opportunity for parole (“LWOP”). Not only is the United States the only nation which permits LWOP sentences for fifteen-year-olds, but the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Brett Jones’s case makes it clear that a sentencing judge does not even need to find that juveniles like Jones are “irreparably corrupt” or incapable of reform before imposing the harshest sentence available.

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