Grantee traces the impact of new laws giving people convicted of felonies a second chance

Christina Ongjoco

For decades, there’s been little hope for people sentenced to life in prison in the United States. But, as Sylvia A. Harvey reported for the Imprint, “second look” laws are revisiting lengthy sentences handed down to people who committed major crimes while they were younger than 25. With support from the Fund, Harvey looked at how the prospects for a new life have changed for people who have spent decades in prison, such as Cordell Miller, convicted for his role in a triple murder. Harvey’s three-part series followed Miller as he successfully petitioned for freedom after 30 years in prison.