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Teen's Conviction Fuels Mandatory Sentencing Debate

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Teen's Conviction Fuels Mandatory Sentencing Debate

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Teen's Conviction Fuels Mandatory Sentencing Debate

Teen's Conviction Fuels Mandatory Sentencing Debate

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Georgia's Supreme Court reviews the sentence of Marcus Dixon. The 18-year-old African American was convicted of aggravated child molestation for having sex with a 15-year-old girl, a crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. The case is fueling a debate on the fairness of mandatory sentences. Hear NPR's Ari Shapiro.