The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth has welcomed two new people to our staff. Caleb Bess is our new program assistant and Jame Dold is our new advocacy director.

As program assistant, Caleb also supports a number of CFSY initiatives. Since starting this position in late September, Caleb has assisted with the planning of the CFSY National Convening, where he had the opportunity to meet a wide network of individuals working to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Prior to working with the Campaign, Caleb worked as a Program Coordinator at the Project on Addressing Prison Rape at American University, where he worked to educate inmates and correctional officials about preventing and reporting sexual misconduct in custodial settings. Caleb is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

As Advocacy Director, James leads the work of the CFSY advocacy team. Prior to joining the CFSY, James served as senior policy counsel for Polaris Project where he led successful state legislative campaigns that resulted in the passage of 40 new anti-human trafficking laws across the country. While in law school he served as a law clerk at the ACLU of Maryland.James received dual baccalaureates in criminal justice and psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland.

James Dold is now the third James on staff, joining Director of Communications James Ross and Development and Operations Manager James Puzo.