The law, taking effect July 1, makes Virginia the 23rd state to ban sentencing youths to life without the possibility of parole.
Fields is already facing a Virginia life sentence for murder for ramming his car into a crowd at an extremist rally, killing protester Heather Heyer.
A survey found record-high support in California for life imprisonment rather than the death penalty for first-degree murder.
A new report from the Abolitionist Law Center "presents a definitive portrait of a punishment that is archaic, cruel, unjustified, and indefensible,” its co-author says.
I strongly oppose capital punishment which Blanton and his evil co-conspirators so viciously inflicted. But I do support punishment which at least tries to proximate his heinous crime. This prisoner snuffed out four sacred child lives and escaped punishment for decades. He should die in prison for his inhumane atrocious crime.
The Argentinian pope, who is also a Jesuit, made headlines around the world when he washed the feet of 12 prisoners at a
While some researchers are looking for the fountain of youth, others are thinking that life extension will change the way we punish criminals. Philosophers and engineers are now exploring the possibility of making a life sentence in prison last hundreds -- and theoretically thousands -- of years.
Now that local prosecutors in Colorado have rejected the offer by alleged Aurora mass shooter James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, we can once again ask whether it's worth it to incur the extra cost involved with capital punishment, compared to life imprisonment.
While I find it almost impossible to sympathize with Humberto Leal García Jr.'s suffering, I believe, as a person of faith, it is unjust and immoral for any state in the United States to put this killer to death.