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Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedMay 6th, 2009
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Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2009
To establish a meaningful opportunity for parole or similar release for child offenders sentenced to life in prison, and for other purposes.
Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2009 - Requires states to: (1) enact laws and adopt policies to grant child offenders who are serving a life sentence a meaningful opportunity for parole or supervised release at least once during their first 15 years of incarceration and at least once every three years thereafter; and (2) provide notice of such laws and policies to the public and to victims of child offenders. Defines "child offender who is serving a life sentence" as an individual who is convicted of a criminal offense before attaining the age of 18 and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for life or a term exceeding 15 years. Requires the Attorney General to: (1) establish and implement a system of early release for each child offender who is under a life sentence in a federal prison; and (2) award grants to states to improve legal representation and other services for child defendants charged with an offense carrying a possible sentence of life in prison.
It does not guarantee the child offenders parole-but offers them the possibility of it. The system is supposed to rectify their criminal behavior and shape the child offenders into better, more societally acceptable beings. Why should we not be open to the possibility of releasing these changed beings? Denying them that possibility would be denying them the chance to truly change themselves and, hopefully, contribute to the world.