You are important to the movement to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It is just that simple.

More than 2,500 children in the United States have been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole—a sentence to die in prison. This is a moral issue that cannot be ignored. All children, even those convicted of serious crimes, possess the capacity for redemption. Given this, they should not be defined solely by their worst moments.  The United States is alone in imposing this sentence upon children, casting an irrevocable judgment that these youth are beyond redemption.

This is where you come in.

By educating others about life without parole for youth, we strengthen the movement that seeks to end this practice.

Engaging faith communities is an integral part of this process. People of faith are passionate and energetic advocates. Encouraging them to become active in our movement to end life without parole for youth can be as simple as using this step-by-step toolkit.

We hope you will join us in our movement to seek fair sentencing for all youth that reflects our human rights, values, and moral beliefs. We believe that society should not be in the practice of discarding young people convicted of crimes for life, but instead, should provide the potential for them to one day return to our communities as productive members of society. Together we can make this a reality.

2016 Faith Outreach Toolkit