Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 1556–1558 | Cite as

James Garbarino: Millers Children: Why Giving Teenage Killers a Second Chance Matters for All of Us

Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018, 216 pp, ISBN: 9780520295681
  • Nikiyah Troutman
Book Review

In Miller’s Children, James Garbarino is focused on trying to convince the reader that life without parole sentences should not be a sentencing option for juvenile murder cases. To support his argument, Garbarino first makes a reference to the Miller v. Alabamacase, and he points out the flaw in its decision. Next, he introduces a few men who have been sentenced to life without parole as juveniles. He then explains moral issues that may arise in juvenile murder cases. He goes on to describe how juvenile murderers sentenced to life without parole find the motivation for rehabilitation. Then he proceeds to argue that there are exceptions to his theory. Finally, he declares hope that his theory becomes a reality. Garbarino’s target audience for this book is anyone who believes that life without parole is an effective sentencing for juveniles. Generally, in murder cases one would assume that the toughest sentencing possible should be applied; however, Garbarino’s argument challenges this...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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