ICAN has a strong presence nationwide, with members living coast to coast and traveling all over the country to speak and present. In both individual and collective efforts, members of ICAN have been the subjects of videos and documentaries, written their stories for amicus briefs in others’ cases, offered testimony in legislatures, spoken before conferences and events of all sizes and types, written op-eds, sat for media interviews, and have participated and organized countless other actions to move our cause forward. Their work is achieving so much for our movement, including:

  • changing the narrative of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth
  • highlighting the victimization and trauma of youth offenders
  • conveying children’s capacity for positive change
  • shedding light upon the developmental differences between adolescents and adults
  • recommending alternatives to the extreme sentencing of youth
  • amplifying the need for meaningful justice policy reforms
  • collaborating with other partnering organizations and formerly incarcerated leaders to do all the above

Videos and Documentaries
Media Interviews
Speaking Engagements
Amicus Briefs

Videos and Documentaries

Watch other videos on our website and on our YouTube page.

Chance for Change, featuring ICAN members Dolphy Jordan and Xavier McElrath-Bey and formerly incarcerated youth Vance

Chance for Change, Dolphy’s story

Chance for Change, Xavier’s story

Lost for Life
Featuring ICAN member Sean Taylor, Director Joshua Rofé and Producers Ted Leonsis, Rick Allen, and multiple-Oscars winner Mark Jonathan Harris explore the complexities of the stories of those sentenced to life without parole as juveniles–and the stories of their families and of the families of juvenile murder victims.

15 to Life
Dealing with related issues, 15 to Life shows a current Florida incarcerated citizen, Kenneth Young. Kenneth was locked up with four life sentences at the age of 15, despite his drug-addicted mother leaving Kenneth and his sister to fend for themselves for days, and his mother’s drug dealer threatening her life if Kenneth didn’t assist in the string of robberies. Director Nadine Pequeneza explores his life and relationships, the mitigating circumstances, and his chances for release.
Read more and watch the trailer

Media Interviews

Speak Up Arkansas
with ICAN member Xavier McElrath-Bey, February 9th, 2017


Year after Obama-ordered prison release, ex-drug dealer finds career
with ICAN member Reynolds Wintersmith, January 1, 2015

The People Issue: Xavier McElrath-Bey, “The Reformer”
with ICAN member Xavier McElrath-Bey, December 12, 2014

Answers for the Family, LA Talk Radio
with ICAN member Sean Ashee Taylor, November 24, 2014

Children of homicide victims work through grief together
with ICAN member Ellis Curry, September 14, 2014


Veterans help Chicago teens through ‘war’ times
with ICAN member Eddie Bocanegra, July 11, 2014

Leaving Violence Behind
with ICAN member Xavier McElrath-Bey, July 5, 2014

Former Young Criminals Return to Place Where They Were Locked Up
with ICAN member Charleston White, June 24, 2014

Ask an Advocate: Xavier McElrath-Bey
with ICAN member Xavier McElrath-Bey, May 6, 2014

Mary Johnson and Oshea Isreal: a story of forgiveness
with ICAN member Oshea Isreal, May 4, 2014

A Convict’s Odyssey
with Mark Clements, May 5, 2011

Speaking Engagements

For the 25th anniversary on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, The Sentencing Project, and Juvenile Justice Initiative held a webinar with a slideshow, Fighting to End Life Without Parole, with ICAN member Xavier as the first presenter.

ICAN member Xavier McElrath-Bey speaks to youth from Sylmar Detention Center at mass in Los Angeles, CA, in June 2014

TEDx Talk at Northwestern University with ICAN member Xavier, April 2014

Amicus Briefs

Colorado amicus brief, featuring ICAN Members Xavier McElrath-Bey, Sean Taylor, and Anthony Williams.
filed March 2, 2016

Missouri amicus brief, featuring ICAN members Xavier McElrath-Bey, Sean Taylor, and Charleston White
filed November 26, 2014

Pennsylvania amicus brief, featuring ICAN members Edwin Desamour, Xavier McElrath-Bey, Sean Taylor, and Joseph Farias
filed May 13, 2014

Illinois amicus brief, featuring Xavier McElrath-Bey
filed August 15, 2013


I am One of the Success Stories from D.C.’s Second Chance Law for Young Offenders
by Eddie Ellis, The Washington Post, December 16, 2016

Redeemed Juveniles Like Me Are Not the Exception
by Xavier McElrath-Bey, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, October 13, 2016

I’m Proof Kids Don’t Need Extreme Sentences to Pay Debt
by Francessca Duran-Lopez, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, June 24, 2015

No One Should Have to Suffer a Lifetime Because of a Childhood Mistake
by Xavier McElrath-Bey, Campaign for Youth Justice blog, October 27, 2014

Brutal Treatment for Black and Brown Youths Reflects Disregard for Their Lives
by Xavier McElrath-Bey, The Root, August 23, 2014

No Child is a Superpredator
by Xavier McElrath-Bey, Providence Journal, June 23, 2014

The Light at the End of the Tunnel
by Xavier McElrath-Bey, Huffington Post, June 21, 2013

Kids Shouldn’t Face Dying in Prison
by Jason Baldwin, Huffington Post, July 6, 2012