Monday, May 5, 2008

Our Mission

This blog was created by members of The Injustice Must End Committee (TIME) to educate people about the facts surrounding the imposition of life without parole (LWOP) sentences on children in the USA. We also seek to dispel the myths that abound about the issue which are largely fueled by the media and prosecutors.

The imposition of LWOP sentences on children is a human rights violation. The Convention On the Rights of the Child (CRC) expressly prohibits the death penalty and LWOP sentences for children. As of February 2008 the USA is currently the only country in the world that is sentencing children to LWOP.

On this blog you will find important information and links to resources you can use to educate yourself and others about this issue. We encourage people to send us related information and links whenever they find it to be shared with other visitors of the blog.

We will use this blog and our related groups to help people stay abreast of all the latest information that develops regarding the campaign to abolish LWOP sentences for children throughout the country.

It is our aim to keep the issue alive, create dialogue, generate support, and help galvanize the various campaigns into a strong network so we can learn from each other and strengthen the work we are doing.

We will also feature reports about real cases of children who have been sentenced to die in prison in the USA. People are invited to also share stories about others who have fallen victim to this cruel and unforgiving sentence which they would like the world to read about.

Additionally, we seek to generate support for passage of Michigan House Bills 4402-4405, and other similar legislation throughout the country, which would abolish the imposition of LWOP sentences on children. The legislation in Michigan is commonly referred to as the "Second Chances Legislation (SCL)."

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