The state of Ohio vs. a sex-trafficked teenager
"I’m free from prison. But I am still in a mental prison.” Prosecutors knew that the 15-year-old wasn’t in the room when shots were fired that killed a man. But they still charged her with murder and tried her as an adult. Jessica Contrera explores how the American criminal justice system mishandled Alexis Martin’s case and how she’s living with the consequences seven years later. This story highlights a wider issue as courts across the US struggle to decide whether to punish or protect children who are both perpetrators of serious crimes and victims of sex trafficking.
From The Washington Post