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No one can possibly serve 162 years in prison, so sentences such as the one handed down to 20 year old Quartavious Davis are shockingly arbitrary. Even more disturbing, though, is that Davis has mental health problems and is a first time offender. It would seem that only certain members of our society are allowed second chances, and more often than not, they’re not men who look like Davis:
Quartavious Davis was convicted of being a member in a string of armed robberies in the Miami area in 2010. At 20 years old, Davis was sentenced to nearly 162 years in prison without parole.
The U.S. deemed sentences without parole for defendants under the age of 18 to be “cruel and unusual punishment” but that doesn’t apply to those who happen to be 18, like Davis at the time he committed those crimes.
Davis’ decent into crime could have been caused by his mental health struggles. Davis suffers from both bipolar disorder and a learning disability. Davis was trying to go back to school and live off of $674 dollars a month from social security payments at the time of his arrest.