Does your state still use life-without-parole sentences for kids?

The JLWOP population in the United States has dropped by roughly half since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana.

The JLWOP population in the United States has dropped by roughly half since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana.

 

26 states still have life-without-parole sentences for kids on the books and are using these extreme sentences in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court directives in Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana. Of the remaining 25 states and the District of Columbia, 20 and DC have banned the sentence, while four have no one serving.

States that ban life without parole as a sentencing option for children:

Alaska
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Hawaii
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Jersey
North Dakota
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming

Additional states that do not use the sentence:
Maine
New Mexico
New York
Rhode Island