ending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By: Anna.Hevia@mail.house.gov

End life without parole sentences for children, support H.Res. 250

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely sentences children to die in prison.

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in cosponsoring a resolution to eliminate life without parole sentences for children (H.Res.250).

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely sentences children to die in prison. Currently there are more than 2,500 people serving time that were locked away when they were children, serving in many cases harsher sentences than those that would have been given to an adult who committed the same crime.

Not only is this not right, it is extremely expensive. Each of those children incarcerated for life will cost taxpayers $2.5 million per child. This adds up to billions of our tax dollars that are going into a broken justice system that not only does not rehabilitate our children but often traumatizes them further. We can’t afford to be tough on crime or soft on crime: we need to start being smart on crime.

This resolution will urge states to outlaw the practice of sentencing children to life without the possibility of parole, following the lead of the states that have already eliminated these sentences for all children: Texas, Nevada, Wyoming, Kentucky, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, Alaska, Hawaii, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, West Virginia, Utah, South Dakota, Iowa, and Arkansas and the District of Columbia.

To cosponsor the resolution, or for further information, please contact Anna Hevia at anna.hevia@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-6131.

Sincerely,

TONY CÁRDENAS
Member of Congress


States that have banned or limited the use of juvenile life without parole sentences

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Economy, Judiciary

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.Res.
Bill Number: 250
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