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Saturday, October 22, 2016

PRESIDENT OBAMA COMMUTES DEATH IN PRISON SENTENCE


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From 2011:  "The Equal Justice Initiative has documented 73 cases where children 14 years of age or younger have been condemned to death in prison with no possibility of parole after being prosecuted as adults.....Almost all of these kids currently lack legal representation and in most of these cases the propriety and constitutionality of their extreme sentences has never been reviewed"

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In August of 2016, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 people incarcerated in federal prisons, including Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) client Ronald Evans, who was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for nonviolent drug offenses when he was a juvenile.
Mr. Evans (pictured, with his mother) was sentenced to die in prison after he was recruited into a drug dealing operation at age 16. Despite having no hope for release, Mr. Evans worked hard to educate himself. He overcame severe learning disabilities to earn a GED and completed extensive job training. He received only five disciplinary write-ups during 23 years in prison, and served as a counselor for troubled juveniles in the community.
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