The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
This afternoon (Thursday, August 3rd), YSRP’s client partner, Shavonne Robbins, will attend her resentencing hearing via video conference from the prison where she has served over 25 years of the life sentence she received when she was 16 years old. Shavonne reluctantly opted not to travel to Philadelphia for this very important hearing and to see many of her family and friends in person because of the strict chemotherapy regimen that she receives to treat her stage IV cancer. For the last several months, YSRP has worked closely with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Shavonne and her family to submit a mitigation report for the Court that shared information about the person that Shavonne is, her childhood experiences and challenges, and her journey while incarcerated, which includes overcoming educational challenges and becoming an admired and dedicated leader, despite her health challenges. Shavonne’s resentencing will not only allow her the opportunity to one day live outside of the prison walls but to also fight to live longer and have a chance to contribute positively to the outside community, as she has done while on the inside. We are looking forward to welcoming Shavonne home. Read more about Shavonne and other female juvenile lifers here.