American exceptionalism is supposed to be a good thing. But sometimes, the U.S. stands apart from the crowd for all the wrong reasons.
That’s what happened this week, when a United Nations report on children deprived of their liberties singled out the U.S. as being the only nation in the world that imprisons children for life without the possibility of parole.
“The vast majority of States have taken note of the international human rights requirements regarding life imprisonment of children without the possibility of release,” the report, issued by the UN Anti-Torture Initiative, reads. “Significantly, the United States of America is the only State in the world that still sentences children to life imprisonment without the opportunity for parole for the crime of homicide.”
That’s right. If there’s one thing the North Koreas and the Sudans of the world can hold against us, it’s the fact that we currently house…
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