"Adult crime, adult time," the story of juvenile lifers

For my Media and Social Justice class, I was tasked with writing a series of journal articles on a social justice issue of my choice. I chose to relay the stories of adolescence sentenced to life in prison and those eligible for resentencing under the Second Look Amendment Act. In my reporting, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the most intelligent and inspiring individuals - people who were authors, mentors, leaders - and, perhaps the least interesting thing about them, they were previously serving life sentences without the possibility of parole for crimes they were charged with before their 18th birthday. My Storymap begs the question of "who are prisons really protecting us from?" and calls for reform to our juvenile sentencing and imprisonment processes.

Noa Offman, COL '25
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