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Life Without Parole: For Juveniles, 5 Tough Counties

New study places a quarter of the sentences in a handful of urban areas.

Just five counties are responsible for a quarter of all the juvenile life-without-parole sentences nationwide, according to a new report. The leader is Philadelphia, with 9 percent of all juvenile lifers. The report arrives just weeks before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Montgomery v. Louisiana, a case that could decide the fate of juvenile lifers around the country.

“Prior reports showed that a handful of states were responsible for many of the life without parole sentences. We were able to show this was driven by a handful of counties within those states,” says John Mills, one of the authors.

The report, from a nonprofit law firm, Phillips Black, is the first to look at…

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