Prisons in the United States sits 90,000 minors. America — one of the few countries in the world where the death penalty is sentenced adolescents from 13-14 years of age. However, in the "framework of humanization" they replaced penalty with life imprisonment. Adolescents with the verdict — over 2 million.
The judicial system in the U.S. — one of the most stringent in the world. In many ways, it contains even a medieval elements. One of these elements — the ratio of systems to crimes teenagers. If cigarettes and alcohol in most states, they do not sell to 21 years, the sentence of death may be a minor 13 or 14 years. Only three other countries in the world to implement this right in practice — Israel, Tanzania and South Africa.
However, they to death sentenced to a total of only 12 teenagers, while in the United States — almost 2.3 thousand (73 of them were sentenced in it, when they were 13-14 years old).
In general, the position of the possibility to sentence a minor (under 18 years) to death there in 41 U.S. states. Only in 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court, in practice, abolished the death penalty for them, replacing it with life imprisonment. And — without the possibility of parole. Such prisoners have only one opportunity to ever come out of prison — is to "earn" a deadly disease and dying to be on stage (for example, cancer or HIV).