Healing & Hope: A Celebration is the annual awards reception and fundraiser for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, a national coalition and clearinghouse that coordinates, develops and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth, with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth. The evening will feature remarks from our honorees, including:

Jason Baldwin, one of the individuals known as the West Memphis Three, was sentenced as a teen to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a crime he did not commit. Jason was incarcerated for 18 years before being released in 2011, and has traveled the country raising awareness about extreme sentencing for youth,
Sara Kruzan. Sara received a life-without-parole sentence at age 16. In 2011, the governor of California commuted her sentence, stating that “given Ms. Kruzan’s age at the time…and the significant abuse she suffered…I believe her sentence is excessive.” Learn more about her story here.
Participant Media, a production company leading the industry in public education on social justice issues, including extreme youth sentencing (Lincoln, Snitch, An Inconvenient Truth), and
WilmerHale, an international law firm that visited every person serving juvenile life without parole in Virginia to assess their legal claims after the US Supreme Court’s historic ruling in Miller v. Alabama.

Please join us for cocktails, appetizers and inspiration to celebrate the progress we have made as a movement in just four years.

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