South Dakota and Wyoming have just joined twenty-nine other states in abolishing the juvenile death penalty, which remains legal in the US and only a few other countries in the world (it’s a disturbing list). As Brian Roberts of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty observes:

The recent successes in Wyoming, South Dakota and New Hampshire show that momentum is with us. When the U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of people with mental retardation, 30 states outlawed this practice. Now 31 states outlaw the juvenile death penalty. We’re well on our way to sweeping the juvenile death penalty away to the dustbin of history, where it belongs.

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