Join us for our Healing Communities Open Community Meeting where we discuss how to eliminate the school to prison pipeline by balancing justice with mercy.
The presenter for this meeting will be Attorney Steve Reba of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center - Appeal for Youth Clinic.
Juvenile Life without Parole
The Associated Press has been running a series entitled "Locked Up for Life," which focuses on those persons who were given life sentences with no possibility of parole when they were minors. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that mandatory life-without-parole sentences are "unconstitutionally cruel and unusual for juvenile homicide offenders." In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the ban (from the 2012 ruling) is to be applied retroactively to persons already serving such sentences and that "all but the rare irredeemable offender should have a chance at parole."
Attorney Steve Reba of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center will present at our August 28th meeting on these rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and his case before the Georgia Supreme Court, which he argued successfully on behalf of his client who is now an adult inmate.
This issue goes to the heart of how our society addresses children who commit serious offenses; the scientific research on adolescent brain development; the lack of mental health supports for children and youth; the philosophy and practice of restorative justice; and the faith perspective on "irredeemable."
Please don't miss this opportunity to be part of an informative and thought-provoking session.
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Time: 12: 30 pm
Place: Central United Methodist Church
Open meeting and light lunch provided, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.