Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about the fate of 2,500 offenders who were sentenced as teenagers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Seventy-nine of them were 13 or 14 when they committed their crimes. Many prosecutors and family members of victims supported he sentences. In a cafeteria near the Supreme Court, NPR reports, families of teenagers who committed horrible crimes got together with the families of victims.
One man’s mother had been killed by four teenage girls. Another man’s son was killed by a teenage boy. Yet all of them want the court to find life without parole for juveniles unconstitutional. It’s not a group you often hear about. Many said they frequently are unwilling to share their feelings about the issue because they have been accused of not missing their loved ones enough. On this day, there was enough sorrow in the room to fill an afternoon — but also enough forgiveness. NPR tells some of their stories.