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Juvenile Life Without Parole for Non-Homicide Offenses: Florida Compared to Nation


Paolo Annino


Florida State University - College of Law

David W. Rasmussen


Florida State University - DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Economic Policy and Government

Chelsea Boehme Rice


Public Interest Law Center

September 14, 2009

FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 399

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In May of 2009, the United States Supreme Court accepted two cases that raise the question of whether sentencing juvenile offenders who commit non-homicide crimes to life without the possibility of parole is cruel and unusual punishment. This report is focused exclusively on these juvenile offenders who received life without parole sentences for non-homicide crimes. It compares the sentencing trends in Florida, where both these cases originated, to the rest of the United States.

Researchers surveyed the state departments of corrections around the country and relay their findings in this report. Florida’s practice of sentencing juvenile offenders to life without parole for non-homicide crimes is unique among American states. The data presented in this report show that Florida far exceeds the rest of the nation in number of juvenile offenders sentenced to life without parole for non-homicide offenses. The total estimated number of juvenile offenders serving life without parole sentences for only non-homicide crimes in the United States is 109. Seventy-seven of these juvenile offenders are in Florida. Thirty-nine states have no juvenile offenders who have been sentenced to life without parole for non-homicide crimes.

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Date posted: October 18, 2009  

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Annino, Paolo and Rasmussen, David W. and Rice, Chelsea Boehme, Juvenile Life Without Parole for Non-Homicide Offenses: Florida Compared to Nation (September 14, 2009). FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 399. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1490079 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1490079

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Paolo Annino (Contact Author)
Florida State University - College of Law ( email )
425 W. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306
United States
David W. Rasmussen
Florida State University - DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues in Economic Policy and Government ( email )
Tallahasse, FL 30306-2180
United States
904-644-7641 (Phone)
904-644-0581 (Fax)
Chelsea Boehme Rice
Public Interest Law Center ( email )
Tallahasse, FL 32306
United States
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