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Interview with Ashley Nellis, research analyst with the Sentencing Project, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Advocates for those incarcerated for life without parole for crimes committed when they were juveniles have taken heart from a U.S. Supreme Court decision in May. The justices ruled that a sentence of life without parole for minors convicted of crimes other than murder is unconstitutional. At the time,130 persons were serving such a sentence, more than half of them in Florida.

Now lawyers are pushing to see if various extenuating circumstances surrounding their own juvenile clients' convictions for murder might also be addressed. According to a report by the Equal Justice Initiative, many youths who receive sentences of life without parole don't have the ability to pay for a private attorney. Most of them come from low-income families, and some come from intense poverty. Many of them are raised in abusive homes and are more vulnerable to getting swept up into violence.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ashley Nellis, a research analyst with the Sentencing Project. She talks about the kinds of crimes that can lead to life without parole and hopes that the Supreme Court will address the issue head on.

ASHLEY NELLIS: The Supreme Courts case that was decided in May of this year, called Graham v. Florida, determined that people were under the age of 18 at the time of their offense, who did not commit a homicide cannot be given a sentence of life without parole. And that applies tp about 130 people around the country, 77 of whom are serving their time in Florida, so it's very disproportionately applied in that state.

BETWEEN THE LINES: How could they be serving life without parole -- what you call J-WOP -- if they weren't convicted of a murder? What were they convicted of?.

ASHLEY NELLIS: It depends on the state, but many states you can only get J-WOP if you have a homicide and that's why 2,000 people are serving the sentence for homicide, but in some states you can get it for arson or kidnapping, sexual assault, armed burglary -- which is what Mr. Graham had -- armed robbery and other offenses that aren't coming to mind right now. There are lots of non-homicide offenses that, depending on state law, could have given somebody juvenile life without parole. And in some states, like Florida, it's a mandatory juvenile life without parole for many of those crimes, so that's why they have so many serving that sentence in Florida.

BETWEEN THE LINES: So, since the Supreme Court decision in May, what have been some of the developments?

ASHLEY NELLIS: There's certainly been a lot of discussions and strategies over how best to interpret the new decision. From what I understand there are a number of cases where folks are wondering if their case applies under Graham because they were not the trigger man -- not the person that actually did the killing -- or they did not intend for somebody to die during their crime, for instance in the case of a burglary, perhaps somebody was home but they didn't expect them to be, and in a moment of bad judgment they killed them. So, there's a lot of interest among advocates and people who are serving as attorneys for these folks who are trying to see if the Graham opinion can extend to other people serving juvenile life without parole as well.

BETWEEN THE LINES: When you say "a moment of bad judgment" and somebody dies, I can hear a lot of people saying, well they deserve it then. But I think it's important to make a distinction between juveniles who are convicted of these crimes, and adults. That's part of the argument, right?

ASHLEY NELLIS: Yeah, that was a major part of the argument in the Graham case, and also in the Roper v Simmons case, which was in 2005, which ruled it was unconstitutional for juveniles to get the death penalty. Both of them are basically founded on the notion that juveniles are different from adults in very important ways. Most importantly, they have an underdeveloped brain, they have a lack of maturity, they have an inability to appreciate the consequences of their actions. Anyone with a teenager knows that the decisions you make as a teenager are far different than the decisions you make when you're older. And also, young people are more susceptible to peer pressure, especially negative peer pressure. And so we know that juvenile crime tends to happen in groups much more than it does for older individuals and kids can get swept up in bad ideas more easily when they're young.

BETWEEN THE LINES: You said there are 2,000 people serving life without parole for homicides committed when they were juveniles? And the number serving life without parole for non-homicides is much smaller.

ASHLEY NELLIS: Yeah, the vast majority of people serving J-WOP in the U.S. are there for a homicide, about 2,000. So it's a tiny fraction of the total number sentenced for J-WOP, which is very important when you put it in the context that no other country in the world uses this practice. So the fact that we have 2,300 -- 2,500 maybe -- the great majority of whom are there for homicide, really sets the U.S. far apart from other nations.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Is there another case that might be headed to the Supreme Court that would deal with this issue?

ASHLEY NELLIS: I don't know...I mean, certainly in an ideal world the Supreme Court will pick up a case that deals with life sentence for homicides, but the Court was not asked to answer that question in this case, so that's an important fact about this. The Court has not said that it's okay for juveniles to get life without parole for homicides, because they weren't asked that in the Graham case. And we hope that an appropriate case will move its way up the Court and end up at the Supreme Court so they can answer that question, and we're optimistic that they would answer it in the way they did in Roper, which is that children are different -- no matter what their crime, they're still different.

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