Sunday, May 17th marked ten years since Bryan Gowdy represented and gave oral arguments to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a teenager, Terrence Graham, sentenced to life without parole for an armed burglary. For the first time in its history, the U.S. Supreme Court categorically applied the Eighth Amendment's cruel and unusual punishment clause to a non-capital punishment, and it declared unconstitutional all life-without-parole sentences imposed on juveniles for non-homicides. The ruling invalidated in part the juvenile sentencing laws of thirty-seven states, the federal government, and the District of Columbia.
To mark the 10th anniverary of the landmark ruling, The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) has shared a video conversation between Bryan Gowdy, and CFSY board member and Graham beneficiary, Ralph Brazel, "unpacking the decision and what it's meant to the broader movement." Click here to view the video and here to read more about the CFSY organization.