Messrs. Brochin and Shellenberger imply that by ending life-without-parole sentences for children the state would renege on promises made to citizens when it abolished the death penalty in 2013. In fact, Maryland prohibited the death penalty for minors in 1987, almost two decades before the U.S. Supreme Court decided it was cruel and unusual punishment. This proposed change brings Maryland into compliance with international law and practice. The United States is the only country that sentences children to die in prison. Recently, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment admonished the U.S. for the practice which the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child prohibits.