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I’m not exactly sure what brought Cyntoia Brown’s name back to the forefront of our social consciousness. And while many of us are struggling with what to say about her situation, what could be of the most use, the fact that we know enough to talk about it, is at least encouraging. Perhaps something will be done about it. But since we’re going to be discussing Cyntoia, it’s important that we have the facts. Contrary to popular belief, her story is not a new one.

She was actually arrested in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison in 2006. So she’s been in prison for over a decade. She is 29 now. A Daniel H. Birman produced documentary about her life aired on PBS in 2011, after she’d spent five years in prison.

Throughout it, we learn the story of how a teenager ended up being tried as an adult and being sentenced to life in prison.

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