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 have their lives defined by their worst mistake.
“‘I think there’s a growing recognition that children are different and that given the opportunity to grow and change, individuals who commit crimes as children can still contribute in significant and positive ways to the community if given a chance,’ said Heather Renwick, legal director of The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that aims to end sentences of life without parole for juveniles.”