To my Free Minds Family, I just really want to thank you guys for being here with me. When no one such as family members are here for me, I've gotten words of wisdom, birthday cards and holiday cards from you. I know a lot of people may seem to think it's over cause of the time I got—you know how the old saying goes, "out of sight out of mind," but not with Free Minds. [...] y'all never gave up on me, and that I'm thankful for.

– John, Age 21

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  • Washington, DC youth who were charged and sentenced as adults while under 18
  • Emerging adults (ages 18-25) from Washington, DC
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  • Individuals who previously participated in any Free Minds programming at the DC Jail, juvenile detention center, or in reentry

*What is the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA)? The IRAA is a DC law that allows individuals who were under 25 at the time of the offense to petition the court for resentencing after serving 15 years or more. As a DC law, this only applies to individuals sentenced in DC Superior Court.

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