NOW PLAYING IN NY: “The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley,” a Play by John Fleming

“The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley” is a new play by John Fleming that explores the true story of a 17-year-old African-American defendant who was sentenced to death for a carjacking and murder in Texas. The victim was the father of a federal judge. Using a variety of factual resources, including court transcripts and media accounts, the play examines race and the criminal justice system before the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the death penalty for juveniles violates the Constitution. Beazley was one of the last juvenile offenders executed in the U.S.

The Austin Chronicle writes that “The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley” is:

The most important play to see in Texas right now.... Voicing all the opposing viewpoints on the issues of racism, judicial nepotism, ageism, and capital punishment, [this play] presents the story dramatically with heartbreaking scenes that are not at all contrived or insincere. Fleming’s well-knit play unfolds effortlessly before us, evoking pathos for injustice.

Articles - Juveniles

Editorials - Juveniles

Newspapers, Opinion Leaders Call for End to Juvenile Death Penalty

Juveniles News and Developments: 2000

The Georgia Supreme Court granted a stay in the case of Alexander Williams. Georgia, which has not had an execution in over 2 years, was scheduled to execute Alexander Williams in the state's electric chair on August 24, 2000. Williams was only 17 years old at the time of the crime, and is a diagnosed schizophrenic.


Juveniles News and Developments: 2001

Kentucky Governor Supports Ban on Executing Juvenile Offenders


Juveniles News and Developments: 2002

New York Times Condemns Capital Prosecution of Juvenile


Juveniles News and Developments: 2003

Still Surviving is First-hand Account of Death Row by Juvenile Offender


Juveniles News and Developments: 2004

Juveniles and the Mentally Disabled More Likely to Give False Confessions