Host: Public Counsel
Sponsor: Latham & Watkins LLP, Spotify
Joshua promoted systemic reform of state parole systems so that children previously given extreme sentences have a meaningful opportunity for release through parole.
About a thousand individuals sentenced as children to die in prison have been provided an opportunity for release through parole. The Supreme Court mandated that these children receive a “meaningful opportunity for release” at parole, making necessary a national-level project to promote strategic parole hearing reform. Meaningful parole processes are essential to effectuate the Supreme Court’s decisions and offer a genuine opportunity for life outside of prison. Joshua’s project focused on filling this need, pursuing systemic reform and support nationwide to promote meaningful opportunities for freedom for youth who received extreme sentences.
In the past two years, Joshua has:
Joshua plans to continue his pursuit of criminal justice reform in states around the country. His attention remains concentrated on reducing our prison population and seeing people return home to their communities.