Chicago Advocates Protest Extreme Sentencing for Juveniles
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Chicago Advocates Protest Extreme Sentencing for Juveniles

Youth justice advocates from around the US have long been objecting to harsh, adult sentences for juvenile offenders. One such group is Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. They protest the practice of sentencing young offenders to prison for life without parole.
 
Chicago’s own Xavier McElrath-Bey is a local advocate for the Washington, D.C. based group. He recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his own troubled youth in and out of the criminal justice system after being convicted of murder as a 15-year-old.
 
During his time in prison, McElrath-Bey underwent a transformation, turning his life around to eventually earn a master’s degree in Human Services from Roosevelt University.…