In 2019, after refusing to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings and give juveniles serving life without parole sentences a meaningful and realistic opportunity at release, a federal court ordered the Missouri parole board to overhaul its parole review process for juvenile lifers.
Chris Polk was sentenced to die in prison as a teen. On September 11, 2020, after 26 years, and with the help of the MacArthur Justice Center, Chris finally went home.
Having served as a mentor and teacher behind bars, he is eager to contribute to his community as a free man.
I know I have to crawl before I can walk. I don’t have a fear of failing; I’m more anxious to show that I can do it. It may be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that I welcome.