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Calif. Bill Bans Life Terms with No Parole for Minors

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Calif. Bill Bans Life Terms with No Parole for Minors

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Calif. Bill Bans Life Terms with No Parole for Minors

Calif. Bill Bans Life Terms with No Parole for Minors

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The United States is the only country in the world that imprisons juveniles for life without the possibility of parole. That's according to the University of San Francisco Law School, which last week confirmed that the only other country that still did that, Israel, has reversed its policy.

In the U.S., there are more than 2,300 "kid lifers" in 39 states. Some states have efforts under way to change that — including California, where the legislature is trying to pass a bill that would ban life in prison without parole for juveniles.

Judy Campbell reports from member station KQED in San Francisco.

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