Right now, two teenagers live in Georgia prisons, knowing they will be incarcerated for the rest of their lives.Countless adults are serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for crimes they, too, committed when they were teenagers. It is difficult to find in officially‑reported data adults serving sentences they received for crimes they committed while children. This is because, once the two teenagers specifically noted in the Georgia Department of Corrections’ Inmate Statistical Profileturn twenty, they will move to the next data bracket for imprisoned people between the ages of twenty and twenty‑nine, just as all the adults before them have. There is no readily‑attainable public record of how many people in that row and beyond have been in prison since they were teenagers. People like that simply fade into anonymity—unless an appeal from their conviction is significant enough to result in a published opinion by the Georgia Court of Appeals or Georgia Supreme Court.
"Irreparably Corrupt and Permanently Incorrigible: Georgia’s Procedures for Sentencing Children to Die in Prison,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 72:
1, Article 22.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.law.mercer.edu/jour_mlr/vol72/iss1/22