The 2018 annual National Convening, hosted in Washington DC, offered a combination of touching testimonies, celebration of progress, and thought partnership. We saw firsthand the leadership of directly impacted and formerly life sentenced children, learned from their expertise and experience, and mapped out strategies for the work to come.
There were many inspiring plenaries and panels over the course of two days, including a conversation between educator and writer Clint Smith and CFSY staff member Abd’Allah Lateef, during which they unpacked the myth of juvenile superpredators.
We also heard compelling stories of forgiveness from victim family members, held sessions with directly impacted individuals focused on self-care, and challenged all attendees to carry the torch for the future of youth sentencing reform reform. We were thrilled to see attendees from all walks of life come together in support of ending life without parole and other extreme sentences for children.
You can watch the 2018 Convening in its entirety by clicking here.
It was a joy to witness the positive impact and amount of progress that The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing has made in the last decade. We cannot thank you enough for helping us make last year’s Convening such an unforgettable event, and we look forward to seeing many of you in Montgomery.