Should juveniles go to prison for life?

There's a debate today in Minneapolis that deals with a very difficult moral question: Are there some crimes so heinous we should lock the perpetrator up and throw away the key, even if that person is a juvenile? The University of St. Thomas School of Law will host the debate over whether life without parole is ever appropriate for juvenile criminals.

MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with St. Thomas Law Professor Mark Osler, who says juvenile criminals always deserve an opportunity for parole. He'll be debating Jeanne Bishop. She's a public defender in Cook County, Illinois, which includes the city of Chicago.

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