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Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 11:19 pm | Updated: 4:55 pm, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

As an assistant public defender in Georgia, Darryl Brown occasionally handled cases where he thought an offender’s sentence was extreme for the crime committed, especially for younger defendants.

Brown, now the O.M. Vicars Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, said he has continued to hear of cases where the punishment didn’t seem appropriate. For example, he said a youthful offender might get an enhanced sentence for committing a petty crime, such as graffiti writing, because he was part of a gang.

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