Juvenile Life Sentences

An-Li Herring / 90.5 WESA

Foster Tarver was 17 years old in 1968, when he served as an accomplice to a fatal bank robbery. The next year, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. At the time, Pennsylvania law mandated that Tarver receive a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Pennsylvania Grapples With New Sentences For Juvenile Lifers

Jul 31, 2017
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections / AP

On a long-ago summer night, 16-year-old Giovanni Reid accepted a neighbor's invitation to an International House of Pancakes restaurant as thanks for watching the man's infant son.