Xavier McElrath-Bey

Campaign for Fair Sentencing in Youth

Xavier McElrath-Bey

Talk: Campaign for Fair Sentencing in Youth

The Campaign’s Youth Justice Advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey knows firsthand why these sentences must end. At age 13, Xavier went to prison for murder. Released at 26, Xavier dedicated his life to the memory of the victim in his case. Now 40, Xavier advocates for the abolition of the unjust sentence of life without parole for children with the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and their diverse array of coalition partners, including family members of victims, celebrities, and law enforcement officials. Come be inspired by Xavier’s unforgettable story of remorse and redemption, and learn the latest on the cutting edge movement to abolish death-in-prison sentences for children.

Xavier Mcelrath-Bey

Xavier McElrath-Bey was arrested for a gang-related murder when he was 13. After he was convicted, he was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison, nearly twice as long he had been alive. While in prison, Xavier earned a college degree and developed remorse for his role in the crime. He also committed his life to working for change on behalf of the victim in the case.