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Xavier McElrath-Bey shares his story on air in Arkansas

“It didn’t really dawn on me, what he meant, until many years later, while I was serving a 25 year sentence.” Earlier this month, our Senior Advisor and National Youth Justice Advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey was featured on Speak up, Arkansas, a radio program in Little Rock. Xavier shared his story and spoke of children’s unique ability to […]

New hope of freedom for those given mandatory life sentences as juveniles

Today, the Chicago Tribune published a comprehensive and thoughtful article covering the resentencing hearings in Illinois following the Supreme Court decisions in Miller and Montgomery. The article, featuring our very own Legal Director Heather Renwick, discusses the lives of two individuals resentenced after receiving life-without-parole as a child. Their stories exemplify children’s unique capacity for change and that no child should […]

In Memoriam

In the past several months, our community lost three beloved individuals: Grace Warren, Timothy “TJ” Spytma, and Glen Mitchell. Each of them represented the power and strength of our community. The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth sends our condolences to the friends and families of these three passionate advocates for youth justice and […]

Healing and Hope 2016

November 15th | Jones Day | Washington, D.C. This year’s Healing and Hope was an incredible evening. Our wonderful honorees left all in attendance with a sense of inspiration and hope for the future. We look forward to seeing you all next year! [wzslider autoplay=”true”]  

Highlights of the 2016 Convening

[wzslider autoplay=”true”] “It was a blessing to be invited to the Convening and to meet so many people committed to this work. I plan to stay involved with this group of people until we bring about the change we all so desperately desire. I never imagined that the simple act of forgiveness would lead me […]

They Call Us Monsters Viewing at the Capitol

Join the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition, and special guest Congressman Tony Cardenas (D-CA) for a viewing of Ben Lear’s searing but sensitive documentary, “They Call Us Monsters”. The film chronicles the lives of three young men given extreme sentences for crimes they were convicted […]