Dahleen Glanton: Joe Ligon, America’s longest-serving juvenile lifer, has a message for young Black offenders

I wish that every troubled young African American boy could meet Joe Ligon. I hope they stumble upon the picture of the white-haired man taken shortly after his release from a state prison in Pennsylvania. I wonder if they would realize that he was once just like them, and that they could end up like him. Ligon went to prison at the age of 15. After serving 68 years, he walked away a free man this month, ridding himself of the dreadful legacy of America’s oldest and longest-serving juvenile lifer. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that sentencing youths under the age of 18 to mandatory life…

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