This week, Colorado Supreme Court justices heard arguments from lawyers representing three juvenile offenders currently serving mandatory life without parole -- a sentence now considered unconstitutional. The Supreme Court's decision in one of these cases could affect how Colorado treats its juvenil ... More >>
Gabrial Adams, a 38-year-old inmate serving life without parole for his role in a headline-grabbing double-murder committed when he was a teenager, was found dead in his cell on March 9. Although autopsy results have not yet been released and the Colorado Department of Corrections is offering little ... More >>
With a nod to emerging brain science that contends adolescents are fundamentally different from adults -- and a stern rebuke to the one-size-fits-all approach to prosecuting underaged defendants in adult courts -- the United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that a mandatory sentence of life without ... More >>
Juveniles doing time in adult prisons, surrounded by older and stronger criminals, rarely fare well. But juveniles serving sentences of life without parole in the United States face particularly daunting prospects of sexual assault, neglect and long periods of solitary confinement, according ... More >>
I first encountered Josh Beckius, subject of "Redemption," this week's cover story, as a photograph in the Boulder newspaper. I'd read that some teenagers had been arrested in connection with a two-year-old murder at Basemar Cinema Savers, and here he was, a dark-haired kid posing with a base ... More >>
Mitchell.Only days after I posted a few remarks about Bill Ritter's play-it-safe approach to pardons and his reluctance to commute excessive sentences, the departing governor delivered a slew of bolder pardons and even a few commutations, stunning some grateful convicts and raising hackles el ... More >>
The Denver-based Pendulum Foundation has made some significant progress in challenging the laws that can send juveniles to adult prison, serving life without parole for violent crimes committed when they were fifteen- or sixteen-years old -- a wrenching issue Luke Turf explored in his 2005 feature ... More >>
Although the mandatory life without parole sentence for first degree murder no longer applies to juveniles in Colorado, the fight continues for the 45 people who are still serving life sentences for murders that they committed before turning 18. Still in the corner of the juvie LWOPs, as they’ve ... More >>
There’s no ice cream in prison. But Ice Cream and Activism seeks to combine the two tonight at the cafeteria at Regis University, where a panel discussion will begin at 8 p.m. concerning the issue of juveniles serving adult sentences in prison. (Read a whole slew of stories about the subject here ... More >>
And then there was one. There are 46 people serving life without the possibility of parole in Colorado for crimes that they committed as juveniles. But, thanks to a law passed last year, those who commit first-degree murder before they turn 18 are now eligible for parole after 40 years. But the le ... More >>
In the two years since Westword first profiled Nate Ybanez, top, and Erik Jensen (“Headed for Trouble,” July 7, 2005), their story has gone national with pieces on Frontline and in Rolling Stone that inspired support from around the globe. But the two remain locked up in Colorado state prisons, ... More >>
Colorado’s legislature may have changed the law so that juveniles convicted of first degree murder don’t get the key thrown away when they’re locked up for life without parole, but there’s still 46 of them sitting behind bars who will never get a chance to walk free again. One of them, Eri ... More >>
If Nate Ybanez is ever to see life outside of prison, he needs lots of attention --and Rolling Stone just turned on the spotlight. Nate is one of more than forty people serving life without parole for murders they committed in Colorado before turning eighteen. He and his buddy, Erik Jensen, killed ... More >>
The Pendulum Foundation keeps track of juveniles serving life.
Erik wanted to help his friend get out of the house. He succeeded -- they're both in prison for life.
D.C. Gallery is turning Japanese, we really think so.