Every year, juveniles are tried, sentenced or imprisoned as adults. Xavier McElrath-Bey, a youth justice advocate, was sentenced at age 13 to serve 25 years for his part in a gang-related murder of another teen, he ended up in the Illinois Department of Corrections at 17.
After his release, McElrath-Bey has dedicated his life to helping kids through the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN). He advocates with others to stop harsh sentencing for juveniles.
Learn more about McElrath-Bey’s story and from juvenile justice advocates such as Melissa Sickmund and Charles Puzzanchera of the National Center for Juvenile Justice.