At age 17, Sara Kruzan was sentenced to life in prison for the 1994 fatal shooting of her pimp George Howard. Upon her release in late 2013, CBS News wrote:
“Kruzan’s case became a high-profile example used by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, who sought to ease life sentences for juveniles.
“‘It is justice long overdue,’ Yee told the Los Angeles Times. He called Kruzan’s case the ‘perfect example of adults who failed her, of society failing her. You had a predator who stalked her, raped her, forced her into prostitution, and there was no one around.’”
Now, in a Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JIIE.org) video, Kruzan talks about being sexually trafficked, being abused starting at age 11, the murder, her time in prison, the older women who mentored her and the flier she read that ultimately led to her release from prison after 19 years.