Cyntoia Brown Is Facing 51 Years in Prison, So People Are Pressing Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to Grant Her Clemency

Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue •
Cyntoia Brown

"Cyntoia's sentence is wholly disproportionate for a 16-year-old girl, and therefore unconstitutional," said Marsha Levick, deputy director and chief counsel for Juvenile Law Center. "With a life sentence and a chance for parole only after 51 years of incarceration, the court has sentenced Cyntoia to die in prison. Moreover this sentence was mandatory and thus imposed without any consideration of Cyntoia's background, childhood, or other distinctive developmental attributes."

About the Expert

Marsha Levick co-founded Juvenile Law Center in 1975. Throughout her legal career, Levick has been an advocate for children’s and women's rights and is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile law.