Concerned that a teenager had been convicted in an adult court and sentenced to life in prison, lawyers appealed Cyntoia Brown’s murder conviction in 2011 to challenge the fairness of the trial. They argued in a Nashville court that Cyntoia was herself a victim, of physical and sexual abuse as a child, and that her mental health was not considered in the original case. One of the experts included here feels like “the law should catch up” to what society has learned about psychology and criminality. Part of 7-part series Sentencing Children, produced by Dan Birman and Independent Lens. Watch the entire Sentencing Children series here.
This series is part of Independent Lens‘s commitment to fostering collaboration between filmmakers and journalists. “Sentencing Children” was originally published by The Tennessean newspaper.