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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [Grand Valley State University] On: 4 June 2010 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 917354292] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37- 41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t792306909 Extinguishing All Hope: Life-Without-Parole for Juveniles Frank Butler a a La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Online publication date: 27 April 2010 To cite this Article Butler, Frank(2010) 'Extinguishing All Hope: Life-Without-Parole for Juveniles', Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 49: 4, 273 292 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/10509671003716035 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509671003716035 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. Extinguishing All Hope: Life-Without-Parole for Juveniles FRANK BUTLER La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Sentencing juveniles to life-without-parole (JLWOP) is a practice fraught with ethical dilemmas. Through in-depth interviews with 11 men living sentences of JLWOP, their narratives of their backgrounds and experiences as juveniles were studied. Common themes were identified, and 3 general categories of cases emerged from the narratives. Ethical and social policy issues surrounding this currently most extreme punishment for minors are discussed. KEYWORDS ethics, juvenile justice, prisons, qualitative research, sentencing A criminal sentence of life with no possibility for parole is a drastic punishment, permanently banishing the recipient from social interaction in the free world for the remainder of his or her natural life. It is a sociolegal judgment that the person is essentially irredeemable. Short of the death penalty, it is unique in its finality and despair....
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