Cyntoia Brown and an Effort to End Life Imprisonment

Sarah Lustbader and Vaidya Gullapalli, The Apeal •

Last year, the Associated Press reported that there are at least 100 other people sentenced as teenagers in Tennessee who must serve half a century before they will become eligible for release. Speaking with the AP, Marsha Levick of Juvenile Law Center called Tennessee’s sentence of life “the most extreme so-called alternative to [life without parole] that I’ve heard.” Legislative efforts to shorten these sentences have so far been unsuccessful.

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