On August 9, 2004, Brett Jones stabbed his 68-year-old grandfather Bertis Jones to death in Shannon, Mississippi, just 3 weeks after he turned 15. After multiple appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding his case was recently announced, on April 22, 2021, altering the once-forward trajectory of juvenile justice reform.

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Sources:

Mississippi Department of Corrections. Brett Jones. https://www.ms.gov/mdoc/inmate/Search/GetDetails/111796

Justia Supreme Court Center. Jones v. Mississippi. https://www.oyez.org/cases/2020/18-1259

Kavanaugh Opinion; Sotomayor Dissent. https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/20pdf/18-1259_8njq.pdf

Ballotpedia. Jones v. Mississippi. https://ballotpedia.org/Jones_v._Mississippi

FindLaw. Mississippi Court of Appeals - Brett Jones vs. State of Mississippi. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ms-court-of-appeals/1435649.html

Associated Press. “15-year-old accused in killing held in Lee County.” August 13, 2004. https://www.newspapers.com/image/183622279/

Leesha Faulkner, Ashley Elkins, Daily Journal. “Brett Jones found guilty of murder.” May 21, 2005.https://www.djournal.com/news/brett-jones-found-guilty-of-murder/article_d0a763e7-6407-5ee0-859a-6af91cda6811.html

Shirley L. Smith, Mississippi Center For Investigative Reporting. “Mississippi man’s case could affect fate of hundreds of juvenile lifers.” October 26, 2020.https://www.djournal.com/news/local/mississippi-man-s-case-could-affect-fate-of-hundreds-of-juvenile-lifers/article_b268fe31-fc36-553c-8c42-191f5453f49a.html#tncms-source=login

William Moore, Daily Journal. “U.S. Supreme Court denies Brett Jones appeal.” April 22, 2021.https://www.djournal.com/news/crime-law-enforcement/u-s-supreme-court-denies-brett-jones-appeal/article_4e067fea-059d-55ac-ad9e-4a93062644a2.html

Jerry Mitchell, Mississippi Center For Investigative Reporting. “Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards.” August 19, 2019.https://www.propublica.org/article/leakesville-south-mississippi-correctional-institution-prison-gangs