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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.