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Five stories of lives changed by extreme sentences for children -- Preston's story

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is celebrating five years of progress in the effort to implement age-appropriate accountability measures in place of life without parole and other extreme sentences for children. This week, we will feature five stories about people whose lives have been changed by life without parole for children. Preston Shipp Former […]

Five stories of lives changed by extreme youth sentences for children -- Xavier's story

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is celebrating five years of progress in the effort to implement age-appropriate accountability measures in place of life without parole and other extreme sentences for children. This week, we will feature five stories about people whose lives have been changed by life without parole for children. Xavier McElrath-Bey Sentenced […]

Five stories of lives changed by extreme sentences for children -- Ralph & Esi

The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is celebrating five years of progress in the effort to implement age-appropriate accountability measures in place of life without parole and other extreme sentences for children. This week, we will feature five stories about people whose lives have been changed by life without parole for children. Ralph Brazel and […]

West Virginia eliminates life without parole for children

West Virginia has eliminated the practice of sentencing children to die in prison. Every child convicted and sentenced in adult court will be eligible for parole no later than after serving 15 years. With this new law, West Virginia is among a growing number of U.S. states that have either abandoned this sentence or severely […]

Illinois Supreme Court: Miller applies retroactively

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously on March 27 that Miller v. Alabama, which struck down mandatory sentences of life without parole for children, is retroactive and applies to those sentenced prior to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June 2012. Relying on federal precedent and other state court decisions that applied federal rules, the […]

Texas rules that Miller is retroactive

The Texas Court of Criminal of Appeals, the highest criminal court in the state, ruled in Ex Parte Terrell Maxwell on March 12 that Miller v. Alabama, which struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children, applies to those sentenced prior to the Court issued its decision in June 2012. The court held that Miller created […]

Ohio rules that Miller applies to discretionary sentences

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama applies to discretionary sentences and that the youth of the person involved must be considered when a child is facing a possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The court held in State v. […]

God Cries When We Sentence Youth to Die in Prison

This powerful video, “God Cries When We Sentence Youth to Life in Prison,” features faith leaders from several different traditions speaking about the practice of extreme sentencing for youth and its intersection with faith perspectives: “God Cries When Youth Are Sentenced to Life in Prison” March has been designated Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and […]

Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing

March is Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing. This annual observance provides opportunities for faith communities to join with advocates, directly impacted individuals and others in the effort to address needs related to the ways in which we hold children accountable when they are convicted of crimes. Begun by the Healing Justice Coalition as […]