Lunch and Learn: The Campaign to End Juvenile Life Without Parole
Join the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice on Wednesday, February 21 at 12:15 p.m. for a Lunch and Learn Discussion about the Campaign to End Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP).
Professor Perry Moriearty will lead a conversation with Xavier McElrath-Bey, Senior Advisor and National Advocate for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and James Dold, Advocacy Director & Chief Strategy Officer for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. We will hear about Xavier's experience as an individual sentenced and incarcerated as a juvenile as well as discuss how states are responding to the U.S. Supreme Court decisions Miller and Montgomery and what Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is doing to advocate for the ban of JLWOP.
As we discussed at our 2016 Robina In Coversation on "Kids Are Different: Juvenile Life Without Parole and Other Juvenile Justice Issues," in Montgomery v. Louisiana , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Miller v. Alabama can be applied retroactively. Individuals who were previously sentenced as juveniles to life without the possibility of parole must be considered for parole or given a new sentence, regardless of how long ago the crime occurred. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that states do not have to go so far as to re-sentence those sentenced to life without parole, but that the states can offer parole hearings with no guarantee of release. Limiting the use of life without parole does not guarantee individuals would be released, but it does guarantee an opportunity for the chance of being released.
According to the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth,"26 states still have life-without-parole sentences for kids on the books and are using these extreme sentences in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court directives in Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana. Of the remaining 25 states and the District of Columbia, 20 and DC have banned the sentence, while four have no one serving."
This event is free and open to law students, staff, faculty, and the public, but registration is required.
Continuing Legal Education
Approval of 1 standard CLE credit for attorneys is pending. Event Code: 254021
Video of Xavier McElrath-Bey
Speakers & Moderators
Advocacy Director & Chief Strategy Officer, The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Senior Advisor and National Advocate, The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Professor Perry Moriearty
Vaughan G. Papke Clinical Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School