Sentenced to Life Without Parole As a Juvenile: Charles Copley | Age 65


"At 16 I went to prison, an adult prison, and I felt as though why couldn't I get probation? Why couldn't I go to a juvenile home or something? Why I had to go to prison?"

For more than a decade I have interviewed more than 1,000 kids in 35 states. What of these kids who were sentenced to long sentences and JLWOP, life sentences without parole? These kids become adults who become geriatric. These are the people I have interviewed for the past year.

These are their stories. There are more than 2,000 people — juveniles serving life without parole all over the country. These are some of their voices. These are their faces.

This is a series by Richard Ross that will run every other week.