Alan K. Simpson, a lifelong public servant, knows something about the follies of youth. That’s why the Burg Simpson co-founder wants Oklahoma lawmakers to end life sentences for juvenile offenders.
In an op-ed piece published in the Oklahoman last week, Simpson recalled his own run-in with the law as a teenager, when federal authorities arrested him for destruction of federal property and sentenced him to two years’ probation, in addition to restitution.
“Just as redemption was possible for me, it is possible for youth who are convicted of serious crimes in the great state of Oklahoma,” Simpson argues. “I encourage the Oklahoma Legislature to ban the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”
Simpson urged the Oklahoma lawmakers to join the 20 other states, including Colorado and Wyoming, that have banned life sentences for juveniles.
Alan Simpson served in the U.S. Senate, representing the state of Wyoming, from January 1979 to 1997, where he was the Assistant Republican Leader from 1984 to 1994. He also served on multiple committees during his years of service.