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.
Check out this excellent piece by our friend and partner, Glenn E. Martin of JustLeadershipUSA, on the extremity of the moment PA finds itself in: ending unconstitutional sentences for people who were children when they were sent away for life, reclaiming humanity, and the rich leadership of people who are formerly incarcerated. A great read — and thanks for the shout out, Glenn. Read the full article here.
Based on what they had learned from the lifers and their families, two young lawyers, Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian, founded the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project which would be instrumental in guiding the juvenile lifers through the re-sentencing, parole and reentry process.