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"Three general differences between juveniles under 18 and adults demonstrate that juvenile offenders cannot with reliability be classified among the worst offenders. First, as any parent knows, [there is a] comparative immaturity and irresponsability of juveniles... The second area of difference is that juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure... The third broad difference is that the character of a juvenile is not as well formed as that of an adult. The personality traits of juveniles are more transitory, less fixed. These differences render suspect any conclusion that a juvenile falls among the worst offenders." Roper vs Simmons Opinion of the Court
Joseph Jones Condemned is imprisioned in North Carolina, Where he was condemned to LWOP for an offense commited at age 13
Quantel Lotts was condemned to die in a Missouri prison after a tragic incident that occurred when he was 14. Quantel was always tought that problems were solved by fighting it out. In his family, if the kids misbehaved, the adults made them box each other. when an argument over a toy ended in the death of his stepbrother, Quantel was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in prison, despite pleas from his stepmother that he have a chance for parole.
T.J Trambel was 14 when officers took him to the police station at 2:30 a.m They searched him, Took his clothes, put a jail uniform on him, and hundcaffed him behind his back for six hours. He was not allowed to eat, sleep, use the bathroom, or see his parents. He asked for a lawyer but none was provided. T.J. ended up giving a statement so he could see his parents and stop his interrogators from harassing him. Prosecutors used that statement to convict T.J and he was sentenced to die in a Michigan Prison.
Joe Sullivan has spent 18 years in prison in Florida, where he was sentenced until death for a non-homicide that occurred when he was just 13 years old. He is mentally disabled and, while in prison, has developed serious medical problems that require him to use a wheelchair.
Ian Manuel was sentenced to die in prison for a non-homicide case that occurred when he was 13. When he arrived at prison processing in Central Florida, he was so small that no prison uniform fit him. "He was scared of everything and acting like a tough guy as a defense mechanism" said ron Mc Andrew, then the assistant warden. "he didn't stand a chance in an adult prison." Whithin months, Ian was sent to one of the toughest adult prisons in the state, where minor nonviolent infractions landed him in solitary confinement. Now 29, he has spent half his life in a closet size concrete box, getting his food through a sloot in the door, never seeing another inmate, not allowed to read anything but legal and religious materials, so bored that he cuts himself with fragments of a toothpaste tube or a tiny piece of glass. In the past year he has attempted suicide 5 times.
Those are just a few ones of the thousand of juveniles who have been sentenced to LWOP in the USA