Underage criminals in the US cannot receive the death penalty, but will die in prison under 'life means life' sentences. A study by the Equal Justice Initiative has found 73 people who were age 13 and 14 when they committed their crimes.
It is rare in the world to have life sentences with no chance of parole for underage offenders. There are only 12 such people outside the US who face such a sentence according to the Human Rights Watch.
Director of EJI Bryan Stevenson stated, "These kids have been swept up in this tide of carceral control that is unparalleled in American history. We have become quite comfortable about throwing people away."