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Ex-youthful offender speaks to ODOC staff and Joseph Harp youthful inmates


December 3, 2017

Xavier McElrath-Bey speaks to eight youthful inmates housed at Joseph Harp Correctional Center Nov. 29 in Lexington, Oklahoma.

LEXINGTON, Okla. – Xavier McElrath-Bey was arrested 19 times and had 7 convictions by age 11.

At 13 years old, he was convicted of a gang-related murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Now, he is a senior adviser and national advocate for the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in Washington, D.C., advocating for legislative changes for juvenile life sentences without parole.

McElrath-Bey was in Oklahoma Wednesday as the closing speaker for the Oklahoma Children's Court Improvement Conference in Norman. He also went that morning to the Joseph Harp Correctional Center to speak w...

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