Children & Youth, who killed, in Texas await NOW CHANGE in mandatory LIFE SENTENCES


CHILDREN IN SHADOW ::: CHILDREN IN WAR

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The New York Times

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July 4, 2013

Young Killers in Texas Await Change in Mandatory Life Sentences

By BRANDI GRISSOM

NEW BOSTON, Tex. — Scottie Forcey nervously drummed his fingers behind the thick glass in the Telford Unit’s visiting room as the camera shutter snapped, capturing images of the 21-year-old convicted murderer.

“I want some pictures. I ain’t seen myself in like” — he paused to count on his fingers — “five years. I know I look different. Check it out.” He pressed his prison ID card against the glass. In the photo, a plumper, baby-faced 17-year-old stared at the camera.

Mr. Forcey was convicted in 2009 of fatally shooting Karen Burke, a 52-year-old Alvarado convenience store clerk. He is the youngest of 23 Texas Department of Criminal Justice inmates who received mandatory sentences of life without parole for committing capital murder when they were younger…

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