Supporters of juvenile lifer gather for a ‘community resentencing’

by Kristin E. Homes, Updated: JULY 23, 2017 — 9:32 PM EDT

“At the Community Resentencing, participants separated into four discussion groups led by recently released juvenile lifers. Attendees decried a criminal justice system that they said was focused on retribution and not rehabilitation. They proposed that Songster be released and required to mentor young people, perform community service, and be available to serve the family members of crime victims.

“’They should pay it forward,’ behavioral health specialist Iresha Picot said of the juvenile lifers who are released. ‘I feel like a lot of times we forget about the families that are affected. They should make peace with them,’ said Picot, 33, of Southwest Philadelphia.’”

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