Gingrich Comes Out Against Life Without Parole For Children

Part of his "Right on Crime" campaign


Prominent conservative leaders Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan penned a forcefuleditorial last week in the San Diego Union-Tribune advocating that states such as California abandon the draconian practice of sentencing children to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.  While professing their continued commitment to conservative values, Gingrich and Nolan assail criminal laws that fail to recognize the inherent differences between children and adults and thus destroy all hope for youth who may one day deserve the opportunity to rejoin society.  Sentencing children to spend the rest of their lives in prison, they assert, represents "an overuse of incarceration."