Why are individuals under 18 the only eligible population for release? Why aren’t those 25 and under also eligible?

Avis Lee, who was 18, Marilyn Dobrolenski who was 19-and Cyd Berger- 21.

The Pennsylvania Constitution defines juveniles as 21 years old.

  The Supreme Court in the Miller v. Alabama decision states that the human brain is not fully formed until the age of 25..... not 18

Go Massachusetts!

Below is a detail of a 2017 majolica tile mural portrait of Avis Lee, to be installed near Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. Avis is not considered a juvenile lifer because she was 18 when the crime was committed. She was with her older brother who, last minute, asked her to be a lookout person when he was about to commit an armed robbery. She said, “What do I do?” “Whistle”, he told her. The victim was shot and her brother fled. She ran to a bus and reported that a man had been hurt. The bus driver called an ambulance.  The victim later died in the hospital.  Avis Lee has served over 36 years on a life sentence without parole.  A model prisoner, she transcribes braille into tactile dots for blind readers.

Avis Lee, detail, 36”Hx30”W, hand painted majolica tile, 2017

click on portrait below to see video and hear Avis describe her crime


Sharon Wiggins describes one memory on death row.

Wiggins spent over 2 years on death row as a child of 17.

Sherri Robinson and Sharon Wiggins died in prison, issued life-sentences as 17 year old children. Finally justice for juveniles sentenced before 2012, and federal justice for children subjected to solitary confinement!!

States follow suit!

Click on the portrait below for Sharon Wiggins’ account of her Grandmother’s memory of the KKK.