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Re: “For a teen’s impulsive, unthinkable act, Cyntoia Brown got an adult’s life sentence. Was justice served?

Cyntoia and I are the same age. I had an equally bad upbringing and there are frightening similarities betweeb her circumstances and mine. I remember my troubled youth vividly and I remember how I was at that age. I do believe I would have had the capability of killing a much older stranger if I were in the situation, because I still remember the complete fear of being powerless and young in a vulnerable situation and lacking the proper judgement and experience to handle it better. I did make horrible decisions throughout my adolescence, like her. But I know what kind of person I am now and it is a drastic 180 degress from my 16 year old self. Are you the same person you were at 16? No, I didn't kill anyone but this couldve just as easily been me. I think she should continue to fight for an appeal and yes, she does need some type of punishment. Maybe even a harsh one, but life in prison is not appropriate for this crime. The concept of prison itself has millions of times over proven to be ineffective for CENTURIES yet we continue to utilize it because there is no cost effective alternative to punish s crime. I also believe that no minor should ever br tried as an adult for any crime. We are telling our youth we don't hold them to our standards when itcomes to letting them vote, scratch a lottery ticket, watch certain movies, fight for our country, et cetera; yet still we are willing to throw away their lives for a judgement call they made as a child, because we simply want them out of our way forever. Legally, personality disorders can not even be diagnosed in those under 18, but in Cyntoias case it was more convenient for the state to label her with one and let her rot than spend resources to rehabiliate her. The problem is we have a black and white legal system when no case is ever black and white. Quite sad how it failed her and many like her. I wish her luck and I hope at least she gets some peace by knowing at the very least her case has people perking up their ears and that she, out of all this darkness, has tge ability to still help others like her avoid her footsteps. She may be in prison, but her life is not wasted. She can make a positive impact on others still. My condolences to the families of both parties

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Posted by Candace Gothiccheerleaderbarbie Kaine on 01/04/2014 at 2:09 AM

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