Saturday, November 07, 2009

Now that's a successful lede

From the NYT website, their teaser for "Justices Weigh Life in Prison for Youths Who Never Killed":
There are just over 100 people in the world serving sentences of life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed. Seventy-seven are in Florida.
Rather to my surprise, the rest are not in Texas:
Florida is one of eight states with juvenile offenders serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for nonhomicide crimes, according to a report prepared by Professor Annino and two colleagues at Florida State. Louisiana has 17 such prisoners; California, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Carolina have the rest.
And supposedly that's the world total, since no other country is said to allow such. Though I wonder what that rule is worth in China, for instance.

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