The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth honored two individuals and two organizations for their efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The awards were given during the campaign’s annual Healing & Hope Awards Reception.
This year’s honorees were:
Sara Kruzan, who was told at 16 that she would die in prison. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger granted her clemency and and a judge reduced the time she was required to serve, making her eligible for parole. Sara was released on October 31.
Jason Baldwin, one of the three men known as the West Memphis 3. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole as a teenager and spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
WilmerHale, an international law firm that partnered with the CFSY to ensure that people in Virginia serving life without the possibility of parole for crimes committed as children have legal representation.