June 18, 2009
On behalf of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a non-partisan
organization with more than half million activists and members and fiftythree
affiliates nationwide, we write to express our strong support for H.R.
2289, the Juvenile Justice Accountability and Improvement Act of 2009,
which would restore discretion to judges and juries by denying funding to
states that refuse to offer a parole option to juvenile offenders and allow
states to improve the quality of legal representation for youths facing
potential life sentences.