Like human sacrifice, these individuals stand as crude warnings from the state.
“Over 70 percent of the time, these LWOP juveniles have an adult co-defendant,” says Calvin. “56 percent of the time, these adults are getting lesser sentences than kids. In a lot of these cases, we’re talking about someone who is a lot more culpable.”
These numbers include the triggerman in Bracamontes’s case. Despite suggesting the robbery and committing the actual killing, he received a 29-to-life sentence with the possibility of parole.