There is a bipartisan trend among Maryland’s neighbors — and around the country — to ensure that no child is sentenced to life in prison without possibility of release. Earlier this year, Virginia passed a bill granting release eligibility after 20 years in prison for people who committed crimes when they were under the age of 18. With support of organizations like the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, where Eddie, the same man who inspired me years ago, now works, the District of Columbia passed the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act in 2016 leading to the release of 55 individuals who have been able to reconnect with their communities. West Virginia is also a member of this group, guaranteeing parole eligibility to all children after 15 years in prison. Similar measures have been adopted in 21 additional states, both red and blue states.