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Cyntoia Brown was a 16-year-old girl from an average family when she murdered a man who picked her up for sex. Now she faces a life sentence in prison. Did her family history seal her fate? Like Cyntoia, juveniles convicted of serious crimes are being tried as adults with increasing frequency. Faced with a resource-strapped Department of Children's Services and a jurisdiction not to exceed a youth's 19th birthday, juvenile judges are left with little choice but to ensure public safety by locking them away — even if that finishes off a life already damaged by abuse,and  neglect and circumstance.

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