Jermaine Hicks is a prison activist who has been incarcerated since he was 15 years old. He was certified as an adult and given a life sentence for murder under the Law of Parties. The person who committed the crime in Jermaine’s case took a plea, due to an error, and was given less time in prison than Jermaine. He has already been free for two years.

Jermaine has educated himself in prison and now writes about the unjust sentencing of juveniles. He has worked with organizations such as Campaign for The Fair Sentencing of Youth as well as The Texas Criminal Justice Coalition to provide them insight on juvenile sentencing through his experience. Through TDCJ, he has been interviewed by a University of Texas Law professor about his certification as an adult. Jermaine is an advocate for at-risk youth and the co-founder of YoungWar.