NO CHILD SHOULD BE SENTENCED
TO DIE IN PRISON.
In the United States, youth convicted of certain crimes can be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Other teens are given de facto life sentences. They have the "possibility of parole" after serving an excessive amount of time behind bars.
Joshua Lee Wade is one such teen. Joshua was sentenced to 56 years to life, making him parole eligible at age 72. However, thanks to SB 256, Joshua is now eligible for parole review in 2030, rather than in 2061.
Telling a child that he or she is incapable of rehabilitation is not only contrary to neuroscientific findings about the teenage brain; it also constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.