The Alternative to Death Row for Juvenile Offenders: Life in Prison The United States Supreme Court struck down the death penalty for juveniles this week. Though no longer condemned to die, these former death-row inmates will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars. Former reformatory warden Pam Withrow discusses the consequences of jailing juveniles for life.
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The Alternative to Death Row for Juvenile Offenders: Life in Prison

The Alternative to Death Row for Juvenile Offenders: Life in Prison

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The United States Supreme Court struck down the death penalty for juveniles this week. Though no longer condemned to die, these former death-row inmates will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

More than 11 years ago, Jacki Lyden spent time at the Michigan State Reformatory, talking to juveniles who had been sentenced to life for their crimes. The warden at the time was Pam Withrow. Withrow has since retired, and the prison has been closed. She talks about her life now, and her reaction to the ruling.

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Jailed at the Michigan State Reformatory

All Things Considered, Jan. 4, 1994

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