The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is celebrating five years of progress in the effort to implement age-appropriate accountability measures in place of life without parole and other extreme sentences for children.

This week, we will feature five stories about people whose lives have been changed by life without parole for children.

Sara Kruzan

Sentenced to life without parole at 16 after killing someone who had abused her for years

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Hear from others whose lives were changed by extreme sentencing for youth

Xavier McElrath-Bey went to prison at 13 for his role in a murder

Prosecutor Preston Shipp’s perspective on sentencing changed when he met youth serving extreme prison terms

Ralph was given three JLWOP sentences at 17 for his role in a drug crime; his mother Esi is an advocate for sentencing reform