Press Release

Statement by Dan Quart on SCOTUS Juvenile Life Without Parole Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart
617-510-4803
kate@danquart.com

MANHATTAN - Today, Dan Quart, candidate for Manhattan District Attorney, released the following statement on SCOTUS’ Jackson vs. Mississippi decision:

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that judges need no reason to sentence youth to life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP). Even in cases where the facts demonstrate that a young person acted out of immaturity or impulsivity, judges are now able to sentence them to LWOP. Make no mistake, this decision all but guarantees that more children will die in prison, especially children of color who represent 70% of youth sentenced to LWOP.

“This decision is an urgent reminder of the power of prosecutorial discretion. We cannot reform this system without electing District Attorneys committed to ending juvenile LWOP--  it’s inhumane, barbaric, and essentially a death sentence.”

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About Dan Quart: Dan Quart is one of NYC’s top pro bono attorneys and a New York State Assemblymember representing Manhattan’s East Side. A Washington Heights native who grew up in subsidized housing with working-class parents, Dan was raised by a public school teacher and a social worker who taught him the value of public service. Since graduating law school, he has dedicated his career to standing up for tenants' rights and advocating for criminal justice reform.

As Manhattan’s next District Attorney, Dan will fight to end mass incarceration, hold law enforcement accountable for police brutality, and ensure that all Manhattanites feel safe. Learn more at DanQuart.com and DanQuart.com/Press.