The prison population has decreased during the pandemic, but the number of people behind bars across the country is still close to two million. Some of these inmates have been in prison for decades and at a young age were deemed by the justice system to be ‘unfixable’. This week, we shed some light on the cycle of youth incarceration in this country and why people like Ian Manuel, a former inmate, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at age 13.
- Ian Manuel, former inmate, author, My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption
- Riya Saha Shah, lawyer, managing director, Juvenile Law Center
- Beth Schwartzapfel, journalist, The Marshall Project.
Links for more information:
- Equal Justice Initiative: Ian Manuel..
- The Marshall Project: Many Juvenile Jails Are Now Almost Entirely Filled With Young People of Color.