Andre Williams a 2015 Healing & Hope Award recipient

Andre Williams, of Washington, D.C., and his pro-bono attorneys from Arnold & Porter LLP, accept the 2015 Healing & Hope Award during the CFSY’s annual reception on November 10. Andre was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for drug-related crimes committed as a teenager. He became eligible for relief after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Graham v. Florida that it is unconstitutional to impose a life-without-parole sentence upon a child for a nonhomicide crime. Last year, attorneys at Arnold & Palmer secured Andre’s release after he had served 23 years.