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Truthout, The State of Justice for Juveniles in the US

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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.