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posted 06/12/2019
A journalist decided to write letters to 103 young people serving sentences in Florida prisons for murders. Could their stories shed light on what made Duval County Florida's "murder capital"?
posted 07/17/2017
Their crimes are heinous. Their backstories are heartbreaking. The system was never equipped to help them.

Tessa Duvall's Blog

A journalist decided to write letters to 103 young people serving sentences in Florida prisons... more »
posted 06/12/19
Their crimes are heinous. Their backstories are heartbreaking. The system was never equipped to... more »
posted 07/17/17

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For the dozens of Jacksonville kids who have taken part in a crime that ended a life, many said they weren’t looking to hurt someone; they were looking for something to do, and to maybe make a little money, too.
Marcus Wilson remembers the first time he saw his mom use crack cocaine. He thinks he was about 9. "She was doing it off a soda can," he said.
The children who end up buried the deepest in the criminal justice system were often victims of extensive trauma before they played a part in killing others.