International Perspective

The U.S. stands alone in the widespread prosecution of juveniles in adult court. In March, 2014, the United Nation Human Rights Commitee urged the U.S. to end adult court prosecution of juveniles – to end juvenile life without parole, separate all juveniles from adults, and end the practice of transferring juveniles to adult courts.

The United States is one of the only two nations that has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)- the most widely ratified international human rights treaty to protect children’s rights. UNCRC prohibits adult prosecutions of children.

Read JJI Pres. Clarke’s testimony:
On Access to Justice in the United States Submitted to the U.S. Government, for the NGO Consultation preceding the Universal Periodic Review and the review of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Urge the U.S. to ratify the UNCRC here.