Behind Bars Since July, 15-Year-Old Bresha Meadows No Longer Faces a Life Sentence

Victoria Law @ Rewire; excerpt below:

On Thursday, 15-year-old Bresha Meadows learned that she no longer faces the possibility of life in prison.

Bresha has been held in juvenile detention for the past four months. As reported earlier by Rewire, she was arrested on July 28 after allegedly shooting her father, who had subjected his wife and children to years of reported abuse. She was charged with aggravated murder by prosecutors in Trumbull County, Ohio. Until this week, she faced the prospect of being tried in adult court and, if convicted, a life sentence.

But because Bresha’s case will now remain in juvenile court, if convicted, she can only be held in detention until she is 21 years old.

Alisa Bierria is a member of the #FreeBresha campaign. “It is a good thing that she will not be tried as an adult,” Bierria told Rewire. “But we want to emphasize that the core problem here is that she is being criminalized at all. We must reject the criminalization of self-defense as the norm. Forcing Bresha to spend even one day behind bars weakens all survivors’ right to self-defense and erodes black girls’ right to live at all.”

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