Equal Justice for Sir Charles as an Juvenile Offender

Equal Justice for Sir Charles as an Juvenile Offender

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Vania Bartee started this petition to florida legislators and

In 2006, Sir Charles Crawley was 17 when he made a reckless immature decision that would change his life forever. He was arrested for Attempted murder which all derived from an accidental shooting edged on by an older co-defendant. A shooting that was only meant to scare the victim as a childish joke. Unfortunately, the victim was wounded in the lower back and Sir Charles was sentenced to 25 years mandatory in prison under Florida’s 10-20 Life law. From the beginning Sir Charles told the truth of all circumstances surrounding the accidental shooting and showed great remorse for what had taken place. His victim agreed that the young man had truly made a poor juvenile decision; his co-defendant also testified to the shooting only being meant to scare the victim as a childish dare. I'm seeking any groups, Pro Bono lawyers, law makers anyone who can help spearhead this movement to broaden the juvenile sentencing law to include a judicial review for this class of juvenile offenders who have been excluded from the relief they deserve as much as the juvenile offenders who has been granted justice because no matter how the offense was taken place, a juvenile offender is a juvenile offender.

Recently the State of Florida has tried taking steps when dealing with juvenile offenders by passing the Graham and Miller cases and new statues for juvenile sentencing (s. 921. 1401) which makes it unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile offender without attaching some type of judicial review to their sentences ensuring that the juvenile offender has a chance at freedom before the end of their sentence. The State of Florida has overturned hundreds of juvenile offenders’ sentences who were sentenced to life; Yet and still the Juvenile sentencing law excludes a whole class of juvenile offenders such as Sir Charles who was not sentenced to life in prison, but entered the prison system as kids and still are serving long sentences in Florida Department of Corrections with no chance of relief under the new Juvenile offender re-sentencing laws. Sir Charles filed to have his case reviewed under the Graham case- claiming his sentence was harsh and failed to offer him as a juvenile offender a judicial review based on his rehabilitation and maturity growth. Sir Charles’s case was recently batted down in the courts because he wasn't originally sentenced to a life sentence as a juvenile offender, which seems to be a requirement for retroactivity under the Graham & Miller cases, and the new sentencing of juvenile offenders which is injustice within its self. Just like Graham and Miller, Sir Charles also was a juvenile who committed crimes as an Immature kid except he did not receive a life sentence, but he did receive a drawn-out prison sentence. Equal sentencing for all juvenile offenders is only right rather they had a life sentence or 30 years, they were all kids who made poor decisions and shouldn't have to age in prison while wasting valuable years without any type of relief in their sentence.

During the past 15 years of incarceration Sir Charles has overcome many obstacles endured as a juvenile and now to manhood such as obtaining his G.E.D as well a trade in Telecommunications and other assorted certificates in self betterment. Sir Charles has excelled in many areas during his prison duration and even was granted leadership roles in different groups. During this experience Sir Charles has become an aspiring author on prison reform and has spent some of his time writing his first book titled Juvenile Defendant or Juvenile victim he plans to have published soon. When Sir Charles was first sentenced, he left behind his son as a newborn entering the world who is now 14 years old. Although Sir Charles and his son Jaedin spends a lot of time on the phone, Jaedin now seeks a more interpersonal relationship with his father. Jaedin would benefit more if he had his father around to help prevent him from repeating the same cycles.In closing, there are several other incarcerated men and women like Sir Charles who made poor decisions as kids who would do more good for their families and communities as rehabilitated adults then they would serving long sentences as inmates in Florida's Department of Corrections.

 

 

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