A reason for hope

Ralph Brazel and his mother, Esi Mathis, cheer after they are introduced during Healing & Hope 2013. Ralph was sentenced to three terms of life without the possibility of parole when he was 17. He became eligible for relief after the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Graham v. Florida, which found that it is unconstitutional to sentence a child to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a non-homicide crime. Ralph was released earlier this year, two month before his 40th birthday.