UPDATE: Pascual Shakoure Carpenter has been released on Parole!
Documentary Short! 23 Reasons Why 23 Years is Enough won an Award of Merit from:
Pascual Carpenter, an unarmed lookout for the 1990 spur-of-the-moment subway robbery by a large group of teenagers that went horribly wrong and resulted in the death of Utah tourist Brian Watkins. Watkins’ tragic death came soon after the Central Park jogger case and made for more splashy headlines and national news.
Pascual and six other teens, including the young man who actually stabbed Watkins, were convicted under the controversial felony-murder rule. The Felony-Murder Rules transfers culpability to accomplices for any death that occurs during certain felonies, regardless of the person's role in the crime.
Was Carpenter’s sentence of 25-years-to-life just? Is forgiveness possible in our mass-incarceration-prone society?
UPDATE: Pascual Shakoure Carpenter has been released on Parole! Thank you to everyone who helped to make his release a reality.
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For more information about his case, his accomplishments, and the draconian nature of the Felony-Murder Rule, please visit http://pascualcarpenter.wordpress.com/.