SAN FERNANDO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, U.S. Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-San Fernando Valley, Calif.) introduced a Congressional Resolution, calling on the United States to completely eliminate life sentences without the possibility of parole in juvenile cases.
The resolution is a legislative companion to an opinion column authored by Cárdenas that will be published in this Thursday’s Roll Call and to a panel Cárdenas will moderate this evening following a viewing of “15 to Life,” a film that discusses the use of life sentences for children in the United States.
The resolution notes that more than 2,500 children have been sentenced to die in prison for crimes they have committed.
The United States remains the only country in the world that allows life sentences without the possibility of parole.
“We are a nation built on second chances, and on the potential of human life,” said Cárdenas. “Yet, when it comes to our children, we have decided to be as punitive and destructive as possible.
By Christopher Simmons 7/27/2015