EJI won relief for a woman who was sentenced to life imprisonment
without parole for a crime she committed when she was 17. After 40 years
in prison, EJI obtained a new sentencing hearing as part of our work under
Miller v. Alabama. The trial judge resentenced her to life without parole,
but after an appeal by EJI, the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed her
EJI sought relief for Talmadge Hayes, who was sentenced to life
imprisonment without parole at age 17 in Florida. As a result, his probation
was terminated and he is now completely free. EJI won a reduced sentence
for Mr. Hayes in 2012 as part of our program aiding children prosecuted as
adults. He was one of nearly two dozen EJI clients in Florida, all of whom
were children sentenced to die in prison.
EJI won the release of a 34-year-old man who was sentenced as an adult
for property-related offenses when he was 17. He served 17 years in
prison and was one of EJI’s plaintiffs in a lawsuit against St. Clair
Correctional Facility after being seriously assaulted. Mr. Hagood joined
EJI’s PREP re-entry program in December.
Bryan Stevenson was awarded the Right Livelihood Award along with
human rights activists in Iran, Belarus, and Nicaragua. The award was
presented by EJI Community Educator and former client Anthony Ray
Hinton, to an international audience. Mr. Stevenson also was awarded the
Global Citizen of the Year Award, presented by Oprah Winfrey and Usher
in a nationally broadcast ceremony.
EJI won relief in the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals for Lionel Francis,
an Alabama death row prisoner who was unconstitutionally sentenced to
death in 2016. The Court ruled that a death sentence cannot be imposed
and he cannot be executed.