In total, Lakeith Smith was sentenced to 65 years in prison. He was 15 years old. The travesty in Lakeith’s case is at the intersection of a number of different issues targeted by criminal justice reformers.
Have you ever watched an episode of “Law & Order”? The creators do an amazing job of dramatizing the court process. The characters playing the prosecutors are always eloquent and passionate as they go toe-to-toe with an indignant defense attorney who is quick to counter every point. We see this version of the trial process all the time in mainstream media. The real life, everyday version is much different. My real-life experience was much different.