Bring Christopher home, a juvenile sentenced to life in prison.

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At the age of 16, Christopher Selectman was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life without parole. Christopher has been incarcerated in the Colorado Prison System for 24 years.

In 2006 Colorado ranked 11th in the nation for the rate at which life sentences are imposed on juveniles. Colorado lawmakers abolished life without parole for juvenile offenders in 2006, but did not make the bill retroactive. However, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January 2007 made it clear Colorado’s Legislature should have.

 June 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that life sentences for juvenile’s amount to cruel and unusual punishment. In their decision, the justices pointed to the fact that children’s minds aren’t fully developed, and therefore should be treated differently from adults. In striking down mandatory life without parole for juvenile killers six years ago, found the penalty was often "disproportionate" and that the sentence was not consistent with "the mitigating characteristics of youth".  Many states changed their sentencing rules to give juvenile murderers a second chance, but Colorado hesitated.

In 2016, a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court this year ensured all of Colorado’s 48 prisoners serving life without parole for crimes committed while they were juveniles get a review. Colorado’s new law goes one step further than the Supreme Court’s ruling, which banned automatic life sentences but said they may be used in the rarest of circumstances

In light of Supreme Court decision to band life without parole for juvenile offenders, the majority of these Colorado cases have not been reviewed.

Christopher Selectman is one of these offenders waiting for his case to be reviewed.  Christopher Selectman is one of these offenders waiting for his case to be reviewed. When the courts review Christopher's case they have the discretion to resentence Christopher to a 30 year to 50-year range or a 40 year to life sentence.  If Christopher is released, his family and loved ones will provide him with emotional and financial support to ensure that he is given a fair chance at becoming a productive citizen.

Your signature on this petition is needed to show the courts that you agree that Christopher deserves a favorable sentence that reflects the ruling of the Supreme Court and will allow him to prove he can be an asset to society.

 



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